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Art and Design

MrsPlummer Miss Hacon Mr Orves
Expressive Arts Team Expressive Arts Team Art & Design Link Governor 


Art and Design Overview & Key Documents

Below is our whole school Art & Design overview for this academic year. For more detailed information about Art & Design, please view the termly overviews within each of the year group class pages.

Intent - What do we want children to learn?

At Carlton Colville we recognise that art is a unique form of creative experience that cannot be imitated in any other way and is deeply embedded into the realm of life skills for children. Joyful responses, the ability and confidence to create, brings practical and theoretical skills to bear on a variety of problems far beyond the discipline itself. It is a vehicle for personal expression, stimulating creativity and imagination. It provides a visual, tactile and sensory experience from which all children can benefit.

We provide many opportunities for all children to create, imagine, design and evolve their art work, developing their skills and confidence and recognising the importance of visual creativity in this modern age.

To be an artist at Carlton Colville we focus on the following art intentions:

  • An ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly to express emotions, interpret observations and accentuate their individuality.
  • To be able to communicate visually and in tactile form.
  • To develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
  • To improve the children’s ability to manipulate materials, tools and techniques.
  • An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft-makers and designers.
  • The ability to reflect on, analyse and evaluate their own work and that of others.
  • To encourage a passion for and a commitment to the subject.
  • An ability to explore, invent, inform, inspire and interpret ideas through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media and other mediums.

Implementation - How are we going to achieve our intent?

The Art & Design curriculum is led and overseen by our Expressive Arts Team. A regular programme of monitoring, evaluation and staff support takes place along with the celebration and sharing of good practice. There is an ongoing commitment to evolve and improve the quality and impact of Art on offer to all the children. 

Art & Design lessons are taught by the class teachers. This is carried out during whole class teaching activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples as modelled by themselves, other artists or children so all children have a clear understanding of what to achieve and how.  

The beginning of each Art & Design unit is an opportunity for each child to reflect on the work previously created by looking through their sketch books to date. Each lesson starter offers an opportunity to recap any vocabulary and skill set they have learnt to date. This then links directly into the main section of the Art & Design lesson, with new skills being modelled and relevant vocabulary being referred to throughout the session. Retrieval practice techniques also take place e.g. short quizzes, to establish prior knowledge and understanding of the next sequenced content. 

Children are continually assessed focusing on the breadth of their learning, and more importantly, on the depth of their learning. Teachers continually assess the acquisition of skills and knowledge throughout each session and will reinforce, support or challenge pupils accordingly to deepen their understanding and master techniques. Pupils are encouraged to peer and self-assess, e.g. considering form or effectiveness and how these can be modified and improved. As the children move through each year group, class teachers are assessing against the key indicators specifically if the children are working at a basic level, advance level or deep level of learning. 

Each year group sources the resources required to cover the topics listed and covered on the Art & Design Curriculum Overview. Teachers are responsible for ensuring both children’s resources are prepared and in good condition, as well as teaching resources being suitable for the needs of the lesson; e.g. visual aids or reference videos for modelling techniques. Children are taught how to look after these resources to develop a better understanding of the resource itself, as well as improving the longevity of it. The needs of individuals are met by providing reasonable adjustments to enable all pupils to make good progress over time.

There are a wide range of extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities across the school. These include:

  • Whole school Art days,
  • Whole school gallery viewing of Art (KS1 and KS2),
  • Enrichment Sessions includes: art, photography and digital art (through computing) 

Our bespoke assessment systems enables teachers to make informed judgements about the depth learning and the progress each pupil has made over time. Critically this then enables teachers to identify and therefore address any gaps in pupil’s artistic skills and knowledge.
Through skilled questioning, teachers pick up on any misconceptions which they rectify through live feedback during the lessons and through marking of pupils' work.    

Impact - Examples include...

  • Children, across their milestone, develop their artistic skills in painting, collage, sculpture, drawing, print and textiles.
  • Strong art culture within our school. Wide breadth of work is always on display from all year groups.
  • Exposure to a range of artists across the world, further enhances their culture capital.
  • Children express themselves artistically using a range of media.
  • Children have an improved art vocabulary, allowing them the ability to verbally express their thoughts and ideas.
  • Art based competitions across a range of extra-curricular topics, e.g. posters for our school environment or designs for the wildlife area signage.

Pupil Voice

Oakley – ‘Developing my ideas in art was fun during our Diwali day’. ‘Everyone’s opinions can be very different when you look at the same piece of Art work’.

Hector – ‘You need to be prepared and organized before you start your art work’.

Jayden – ‘Art is unique and very individual’.

Darcy – ‘Learning about different artists has helped to develop my knowledge of art’.

Art and Design in Action

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