Statement of Intent

At Heddington we recognise that the appreciation and enjoyment of art enriches all our lives. It stimulates the imagination, mood, emotions and spirituality and supports personal reflection.

We aim to provide an engaging, inspiring and challenging art curriculum that gives the children the confidence and freedom to explore, develop, refine and evaluate their ideas. We want children to be inspired by the techniques and art work of others and respond creatively to their experiences. Through studying the work of a range of creative artists, designers and craftspeople from various times and places, children are able to develop their knowledge of different forms of art. Through this they can express, interpret and explore their feelings and  beliefs.  They are also able to explore the impact art has on contemporary life and how it has influenced and shaped history and culture.

Our art and design curriculum ensures clear progression of skills that build on prior knowledge. At key stage one children are taught to use a range of materials to design and make products, use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination,  as well as develop a wide range of art and design techniques and studying a range of artists, craft makers and designers. At key stage 2 children are taught to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas, improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials and study great artists, architects and designers in history. This supports their artistic creativity.

What do we want Children to Gain from Art?

We want children to…

  • To respond creatively to their experiences using a range of materials
  • Review and evaluate their own art work and the work of others
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using key vocabulary in the language of art, craft and design
  • Become proficient in a range of art, craft and design techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • Understand the historical and cultural importance of great artists, designers and craft makers, and the development of their art forms

How we Assess Impact

Our art knowledge and skills trackers are used by the children and teacher assess the knowledge and skills learnt in each unit and identify areas in which they are developing, as well as identify any next steps. The trackers also inform future planning to ensure units are challenging, engaging and meeting the learning needs of the children.

The art co-ordinator has time to assess and review art learning across the school by talking to pupils, reviewing their art work and observing lessons.

Our art co-ordinator is Miss Elmes