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Becket Primary School

Art

At Becket Primary School we aim to provide an authentic, inspiring and engaging Art curriculum for all of our pupils.

We will equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design inspired by the work of other artists.

We will provide the children with time and the opportunity to explore and develop a range of skills and design techniques necessary to produce their own art work through a process of self-evaluation and improvement.

By the time our pupils leave the school, they will have an appreciation of the historical and cultural context of art within the wider world. In order to be successful beyond KS2, our children will have confidence in producing creative work, including drawing, painting, collage and sculpture.

Implementation of Art at Becket Primary School

Art is a foundation subject taught within ‘Understanding the Arts’ strand linked to a wider topic and included in the skills planning.  It is planned as a sequence of lessons but can be block taught or taught weekly. Art skills are taken from The Art progression grids based on the 2014 National Curriculum and are split into the key strands of art, drawing, printing, painting, sculpture, 3d Art and Textiles. These grids are also used for assessment, where staff highlight the objectives taught at the end of each term, and add initials of children who are working towards and those who have exceeded the targets.

Art is planned from Years one to six with a clear four step process in mind. The skills process in each element of art starts with looking at and discussing real examples of art. The art process evolves over a longer period, allowing children more time for skills exploration, taken from the progression grid, before creating their final pieces. Evidence of this skills’ exploration process is recorded in sketch books and then used to help plan the final pieces. Embedded into the four step process is a whole stage based upon self-evaluation of their work.  We have non-negotiables in place where children must evaluate their work as they go, not accept first attempts but to see what aspects they like and carry those forward into the next attempt and which they would like to try and alter, until they are happy with their final piece.  Final pieces are shared with the class and discussed with a star and a wish in mind, peers comment on aspects they like and make some suggestions on what could be improved in their own and others work. In Year One this is done verbally but from year two onwards children are beginning to annotate their work. 

In Early Years they follow the Early Years Foundation Framework.  In Early Years the essential building blocks of children’s artistic capability are established. There are many opportunities for carrying out art related play activities in all areas of learning, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. It is very similar to the four step process but it takes the whole foundation stage to complete. Initially children investigate, explore and have a go. As time goes on they are expected to be more active learners and keep going when they encounter difficulty, until they are developing their own ideas and thinking critically.  Art links very closely to Design Technology and Music. Its assessment and objectives are taken directly from the Early Years Curriculum, Expressive arts and Design.

We have strong embedded working partnerships with local art agencies such as Artcore, Arts Award, Deda, local museums and the Mighty Creatives, who work with us at various points in the Year.  This gives children the chance to work with and study real artists, enabling children to see art being used authentically and for a purpose, allowing children to develop a range of positive experiences, both as an artist and an audience.