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Bishop Wilson C. of E. Primary School

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10




At Bishop Wilson, we teach our children to master Art and Design to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Art and Design and make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.



We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow Kapow  Art and Design scheme which is designed  with four strands that run throughout.  These are:

· Making skills

· Formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)

· Knowledge of artists

· Evaluating

Through Kapow Primary’s Art and design scheme, these strands are revisited in every unit.  In our Art and design skills and our Formal elements of art units,  children have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely.  The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme.  Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity .  This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.



Our Early years practitioners support children in their chosen area of exploration by providing approriate  resources.

This could mean:

Providing encouragement and support.

Introducing new vocabulary through informal conversation.

Encouraging children to create together as a group.

Starting to create on your own, encouraging others (pupils) to join in.

Scaffolding the planning, designing and creating process.

Using familiar, everyday objects to create art. Learning about different artistic techniques from around the world.

Looking at books that showcase different types of art.

Learning and practising new techniques together.

Using a safe search engine to find out more information or facts about particular artists or techniques.

Finding out about different art relating to customs and festivals that are important to the children .



KS1 and KS2

For each year group, the curriculum is broken down into concepts and it is taught in units. Each unit is divided into steps (lessons). Step by step, strong foundations of knowledge and understanding. A typical lesson using Art and Design is an hour and is taught weekly in Key Stages 1 and 2 and is alternated each half term with Design and Technology.  Children are taught in mixed ability classes throughout the school. The learning in each lesson will focus on objectives and connections are made cross-curricular where possible. Lessons incorporate a range of strategies from independent tasks, pairs work and group work.



Our children enjoy and value Art and Design and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Art and Design assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through 

· Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge .

· Observing how they perform in lessons .

· Talking to them about what they know.

· sharing their work with others


Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded in the units, supporting our children in learning how to make their own creative choices and decisions. Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work, in accordance with our Art and Design assessment policy to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and  lessons are engaging and appeal to all learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to stretch pupils exceeding and those needing more support.

The expected impact of following Kapow Primary’s Art and Design for our children will be:

· To produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences

· Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and design techniques.

· Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject specific language.

· Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Art and Design.

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