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Art & Design Curriculum Intent, implementation and impact statement 

Every child is an artist - Pablo Picasso

Curriculum Intent

At John Burns Primary School, our intent is to:

  • Provide a high-quality, broad and balanced art and design curriculum.
  • Engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
  • Develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, shape, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings.
  • Develop children’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed, critical responses about their work and that of others.
  • Ensure that pupils know about great artists, craft makers an designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Equip pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the art and design National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Curriculum Implementation

At John Burns Primary School:

  • Programmes of Study are blocked and linked to termly 3P topics.
  • Teachers follow a clear progression of skills with skills revisited and built upon covering drawing, painting, printing and sculpture.
  • Techniques and skills are modelled by the class teacher with clear success criteria to accompany. 
  • Teachers promote enjoyment and interest in artists, craft makers and designers directly linked to the 3Ps topics or skills they are covering.
  • Pupils develop their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through supportive, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of materials and teaching strategies.
  • Each pupil in KS1 and KS2 has a sketchbook. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions.
  • In art lessons, pupils explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key art work and their own.
  • In order to develop confident art critics, pupils share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work.
  • Teachers do not mark work in sketchbook. Feedback and assessment of knowledge, skills and understanding is made through observations during lessons, verbal feedback, sketchbook scrutiny, pupil voice and final pieces of work in art. 
  • Opportunities to reflect and develop, and chances for self and peer assessment, is planned into each programme of study in KS1 and KS2. Self and peer assessment is recorded in sketchbooks using post-it notes.
  • Summative judgements (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations) are recorded in end of year reports for all KS1 and KS2 pupils (EYFS profile assessment - ELG Creating with Materials). 
  • Effective CPD and moderation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained. These are done through regular discussions with the art and design lead, whole school moderation and staff meetings.
  • Opportunities for children to visit art galleries and museums are planned for, as well as visits from artists and designers from universities and local industry (Creative Wandsworth). 
  • Cross-curricular links are planned for and allow children to deepen their understand across the curriculum, including the use of technology, and art work from year group specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts.   

Curriculum Impact

At John Burns Primary School, our pupils will have:

  • Become confident, proficient, creative artists with the ability to express themselves through drawing, painting, printing and sculpture.
  • Gained from meaningful, memorable learning experiences that will last a lifetime.
  • Experience of meeting and working with artists and designers from universities and local industry.
  • A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.