We are proud to have achieved Artsmark Silver in 2021.
At Hunnyhill Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our Art and Design curriculum provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art contributes to children’s a sense of belonging and ownership by providing opportunities for children to showcase work to others. It should create a positive and inclusive experience where children are not afraid to make mistakes. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically about their own work, and the work of other artists to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. Art planning should incorporate progression of skills and stimulate personal progression. It should be used as a platform for personal expression and the development of individuality. Authentic opportunities should be incorporated, offering real world challenges and examples, such as artist visits. Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture.
Art has been clearly mapped across the school to ensure adequate curriculum coverage. This mapping includes a progression in skills within each art medium. Progression also includes how children should be responding to artists in each year group.
Focus is given to the study of an artist/art movement within each unit of lessons. The analysis of these is encouraged through KS1 and KS2 ‘responding to artists’ guidance, focussing on progression of analysis of art across year groups.
Topics are planned as a unit of lessons using a planning format. Prior learning from the previous year group, explicit art skills within each medium and the study of an artist relating to the unit are carefully considered.
- Vocabulary and talk: Discussion and talk are the basis to our Art lessons at Hunnyhill. Through analysis of art techniques, artists work and skills teaching, children build on their vocabulary as they progress through the school, promoting a language rich environment.
- Skills based curriculum: A sequence of lessons are planned for each domain in order to build on children’s prior knowledge of artistic skills. Artists or Art movements are studied within these lessons to broaden knowledge and understanding of the domain, as well as influential artists and their impact on the wider world.
- Sketchbooks: Children will begin to use sketchbooks as a record in order to experiment with ideas, colours and techniques. They will use them to write notes regarding artists covered within their learning and to plan a ‘final piece’.
- Personal Progression: In Art, children use self assessment at the end of a learning journey to reflect back, show their own progression and think about their next steps.. This allows the children to have ownership over their own learning.
- Cross Curricular opportunities: At Hunnyhill, opportunities for Art to be taught within cross curricular avenues are plentiful. Art can offer deeper learning and investigation within other subjects. Discrete Art skills have been taught alongside Geography (Climate Change), English (Guided Reading) and History (WW2). This can also support children apply and embed the skills they have learnt in another purposeful context.
- Most children will achieve Age Related Expectations in Art.
- Children will enjoy Art and use it as a tool to build confidence to experiment and have a go.
- Children will be prepared for Art in secondary school by having a good understanding of using a sketchbook as a record to experiment with ideas.
- Children will learn and become proficient in discrete art skills within the domains of Drawing, Painting, Printing, Textiles, Sculpture and Collage.
- Children will be able to discuss prominent artists and art movements. Children in KS2 will learn and discuss their impact on the wider world.
- Children will build on their art vocabulary, talk and depth of discussion through their time at Hunnyhill and be able to analyse a piece of art independently before moving onto secondary school.