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Curriculum Design

at St Elisabeth's CE Primary School

Our curriculum is divided into three main strands:

  • 2D - Drawing and Painting
  • 3D -  Developing a Perception of Depth
  • Print and Mixed Media (textiles is also covered within the D&T curriculum)

Throughout the children’s art education at St Elisabeth’s, their skills through each strand are progressive and build upon prior learning, showing a clear development and comprehensive knowledge. The focus of our art curriculum is all about individual learnt processes not prescribed outcomes:

Early Years

Early Years children will learn about exploring and using media and materials, they will safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. (Early Learning Goal)

They will also learn how to be imaginative. Children will use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They will represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories. (Early Learning Goal)

Key Stage 1

Building on the skills and knowledge acquired, in Early Years, Key Stage 1 children will learn how to use a range of materials. They will have ample opportunity to draw, paint and sculpt, developing techniques of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Additionally, they will learn about a range of artists, craftspeople and designers.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 children will use sketchbooks to collect, record and evaluate ideas. They will improve mastery of techniques such as drawing, painting and sculpture with varied materials. They will also continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers.

The impact of this art and design curriculum is that children will critique their own and other’s artwork by asking open and closed questions. They will become reflective of their own work and discuss how to improve their artwork next time. Children will understand that art is made by a variety of people in a variety of ways. They will know that they are all artists.

The children’s learning journey in art and design is assessed each term using the current assessment framework self and challenges.

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