"Art is an irreplaceable way of understanding and expressing the world." - Dana Gioia
We believe that every child is an artist. Our aim is to teach skills and provide opportunities for all children to succeed in art.
We want the children to become confident orators of the arts by encouraging them to communicate ideas, opinions, and feelings about their own work and that of others using key vocabulary.
Our children deserve to be equipped with the statutory requirements of the Art and Design National Curriculum, but it is also extremely important that they gain a deeper understanding of how art reflects and moulds our history and significantly impacts the culture, creativity, and wealth of our world.
Following the National Curriculum, in KS1 pupils are taught:
New techniques across all mediums, using creativity and inspiration from the world around them.
Following the National Curriculum, in KS2 pupils are taught:
To develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Art has no boundaries and provides opportunity for all levels of ability to succeed. Therefore it is a great tool for building self confidence and independence. Through art, children will be able to express themselves creatively and provide a time for mindfulness and mental well-being.
Pupils at Cubitt Town study five units in different art mediums throughout the year, with many lessons displaying a cross-curricular link to other subjects. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, and collage.
We follow a clear sequence of learning: exploration, teaching the skills, applying the skills and evaluating.
With a progressive tool-kit of skills, knowledge and understanding, children will learn to express their ideas with freedom and enthusiasm within a rich cross-curricular approach, exploring, experimenting, creating and inventing becoming resourceful and innovative.
We know that our children do not access the amazing art offered in London, and so we have designed a curriculum that exposes children to a wide variety of artists, art forms, techniques, processes, and media. This includes art educational visits as well as a chance to showcase their own work in a school exhibition.
As well as exploring art works to understand technique, we develop visual literacy by encouraging the children to explore a work of art as they would a text, to ‘read’ the stories being told, and to understand the role of art as a historical source.
Each child is presented with a sketch book that acts as a visual diary that allows children to document their artistic journey. Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas, and develop opinions.
At Cubitt Town Primary School, our art curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our pupils ensuring our curriculum intentions are met. We do this through:
Following a whole school curriculum that covers a range of styles, artists and genres: drawing, painting, collage, printmaking and 3D (sculpture).
Teachers are provided with opportunities to develop their own art skills through inset days provided by the art lead, mini drop ins to learn a new specific skill, staff meeting art focus starters, the use of accessart which provides videos and training and the offer to attend Tower Hamlets art half termly meetings. Planning support is given through the use of overviews and progression documents. The art lead offers support for any teacher who would like guidance on planning. Butterflying and team teacher with the art lead is always available for teachers who would like best practice modelled for them and a chance to improve teaching standards. This is monitored through learning walks, book looks, pupil voice and teacher questionnaires.
The impact of our Art curriculum is that the majority of children, in our school, are able to;
Our aim is to provide opportunities for all children to succeed in art and foster a love of creativity and an appreciation of art which is formed for life.