Art Curriculum Statement
At Humberstone Infant and Junior Academies, Art is taught discretely each term. The Art curriculum strives to inspire and challenge children through the rich opportunities and experiences offered throughout the curriculum, helping to develop the children’s cultural capital. The curriculum is broken down into key concepts which are revisited regularly throughout the curriculum to allow children to build upon their prior knowledge, deepening their understanding and supporting progression in each subject area.
We aim to create confident artists who are able to express themselves creatively through a range of media and use their knowledge and skills to create successful final outcomes. We have high aspirations for our children with the vision of ‘every child as an artist’, developing their own style, which is reflected within their work. Children are encouraged to think critically and to articulate their ideas confidently and clearly using a wide range of mediums. They are able to talk and reflect knowledgeably about Art as a discipline and understand its place in the wider world.
The Art curriculum is based on the National Curriculum objectives, and these are further broken down into key concepts which the children will revisit multiple times throughout their time at school. This ensures consistency and full coverage of all areas of Art and a depth of knowledge and skills.
The children will develop their knowledge in the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Teachers use the Art curriculum route map to identify essential knowledge and vocabulary which must be taught within lessons, as well as the knowledge that has been previously taught to be revisited within the sequence.
Our curriculum covers a range of diverse artists and art styles from a range of time periods. For example, we study painters such as Frida Kahlo, Claude Monet and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as sculptors such as Andy Goldsworthy, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. We build the children’s disciplinary knowledge of the subject by exploring the focus artist through the lens of ‘traditional, contemporary or modern art’ within each unit.
Art lessons are carefully planned and sequenced and work towards a final outcome that is identified in the scheme of work. For example, Y5 study the early works of Van Gogh, exploring the artist’s use of line and form, to create a line drawing of Leicester’s city scape and Y4 study the art of weaving in order to create a woven landscape.
Within Art, teachers plan lessons using the sequence of; exploration, artist study, review of prior knowledge, explicit instruction of new skill, making and evaluating. Each step is recorded in the children’s sketchbooks, where they are encouraged to display their learning creatively. Alongside the diverse curriculum, all year groups visit a significant gallery as part of the Art curriculum to broaden their experience and understanding of what it means to create art and be an artist, as well as to develop their cultural capital. In KS1, the children visit local galleries and sculpture parks within the city, whilst KS2 explore significant galleries beyond our locality, such as the Hepworth gallery in Wakefield. Each gallery has been specifically chosen to showcase the art being studied in each year group, as well as the significance of the gallery to the discipline of art. Opportunities are provided for children to work alongside experts within the field of art and design and to study a range of diverse experts and significant works in these fields. These artists form part of lesson sequences and notable works are highlighted in curriculum documents.
A culture of excellence is demonstrated through the display of Art outcomes during exhibitions, around the school and within classrooms. At Humberstone we are committed to high aspirations and to strive for excellence.
By the end of Key Stage 2, children have learned about a range of artists across time in the field of contemporary, traditional and modern art. They are able to discuss art through the disciplinary lens of contemporary, modern and traditional art and use subject specific vocabulary to articulate their thoughts on choices made by the artist.
The children at Humberstone Infant and Junior Academies will have visited a range of significant art galleries to develop their understanding of what it means to create art and be an artist. They will have had opportunities to refine, develop and critique their own practise and create a wide range of art in different forms and areas of making including: paintings, drawings, printing, sculptures and textiles. Children will understand the process an artist goes through in order to create a final piece, as well as the broad spectrum of art itself.
The impact of the Art Curriculum is measured in a number of ways including, through book scrutinies, learning walks, pupil interviews and the analysis of final outcomes that show children’s experience and expertise in each area. Because the children have the opportunity to revisit each specialism frequently throughout their time at Humberstone Academy, monitoring reveals that children are able to draw upon prior knowledge with ease as prior learning is committed to long-term memory.
All children are challenged to think creatively and become critical thinkers. In order to stimulate and inspire, pupil outcomes form an integral part of art and models of excellence are exhibited throughout the school and within the wider community.