Charlbury Primary School

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Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Pablo Picasso

At Charlbury Primary School the art curriculum stimulates imagination and creativity. It promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers and the impact they have had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.

Art is a highly valued element in our curriculum. We aim to:

  • engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art

  • introduce a variety of media to help pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • encourage pupils to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art

  • ensure pupils know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

The National Curriculum for art aims to ensure that all children

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

At Charlbury Primary School this is embedded in the classroom through a series of structured Units of Work delivered throughout the school year and designed to cover the above skills. As pupils move up through the school these skills are revisited in greater depth and at greater levels of complexity.

Where relevant, cross curricular links are made to other subjects across the curriculum in order to enhance and give further meaning to the children’s overall thematic learning.

Children are given the opportunity to further refine their developing skills in whole school activities such as art competitions, workshops from visiting artists, trips to art exhibitions and after school art clubs. Art work is displayed with pride on boards in classrooms and corridors and this is shared with parents via our virtual art gallery.

At Charlbury Primary School pupils can articulate the artistic skills they are developing and talk about lessons they have enjoyed and pieces of work they have produced. They can talk about the artists they have studied. Pupils develop their artistic skills over time, building on their subject knowledge and skills as they progress through the school. Pupils are encouraged to enjoy art in as many ways as they choose – both as a creator and observer.

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • Lesson observations

  • Ongoing assessments

  • Display boards around the school

  • Talking to pupils about their experiences

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