A high-quality Arts curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge all children. They should be empowered with the knowledge, confidence and skills to experiment, invent and communicate through the many mediums of art fostering a love and appreciation of what the arts and artists can teach us.

We will do this by:

  • Ensuring that the children are able to study a range of artists, musicians, producers, directors and designers who will inspire them.
  • Ensuring that the teaching is of a high standard by monitoring work which has been produced as well as sharing great practice with the whole school community.
  • Enabling the children to express themselves in a safe environment in which they are free to explore, experiment and take risks.
  • Ensure that all subjects are suitably equipped and resourced.

In teaching art at Grove Road, we aim to offer opportunities to children to:

  • record responses, including observations of the natural and made environment
  • gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas
  • explore and use two and three-dimensional media, working on a variety of scales
  • review and modify their work as it progresses
  • develop an understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers e.g. drawing, painting, printing, photography, textiles, ceramics, graphic design (ICT),  sculpture and architecture, from a range of times and cultures, applying their knowledge to their own work
  • respond to and evaluate art and craft including their own and others’ work
  • show development in their ability to create images
  • understand and apply the basic principles of art and craft to include line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective
  • realise their ideas and sustain a level of working from start to the completion of a project or a piece of work.

Teaching & Learning

At Grove Road, Art is an ongoing process through which all children are given opportunities to develop specific skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to work with a variety of media, style and form. It enables children of all abilities to use their creative imagination to achieve their potential with guidance and given criteria. Children work both individually and within a group to develop social and personal skills.

Our key teaching objectives are to:

  • Wherever appropriate it should be linked to other areas of the curriculum and give children the opportunities to develop specific art skills and reinforce skills already established.
  • Develop children’s ability to make images and to learn and apply skills at different rates.
  • Visits to galleries, exhibitions and workshops are encouraged to enhance the children’s learning whilst art weeks are planned to give an opportunity for all children and staff to partake in a focused and shared approach with training and artist led learning.

At Key Stage 1 the children will be taught:

At Key Stage 2 the children will be taught:

  • to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art craft and design
  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)
  • about great artists, architects and designers in history.