Art at Sandiway Primary School  

Together, we take our children on a journey that is engaging, exciting and empowering for all.

The subject leader for art in our school is: Mrs Kathryn Harvey 

At Sandiway Primary School we aim to: 

Engage: Provide varied opportunities for all of our pupils to explore their own creativity and that of others as a means to inspire and motivate. 

Excite: Develop all pupils’ interest, enjoyment and curiosity of art, helping to instil a life-long fascination and positivity towards the art world.

Empower: To ensure all pupils experience a progressive curriculum that encourages experimentation and practise of a variety of skills, techniques, elements and media.

What does our art curriculum look like?

Art is taught using the National Curriculum objectives as a starting point. Subject disciplines are strong in art and links are only made to other curriculum areas when appropriate. Termly enquiry based questions are set for the children to explore, giving them opportunity to experiment, practise and reflect on their learning.  

Our art curriculum is progressive in both art skills and art elements. The elements of art built upon are: line, tone, colour, shape, form, pattern and texture. The skills and techniques in art that are built upon are painting and drawing, printing, collage and 3D. Children are given opportunity to explore, experiment and practise these skills and elements of art.  

How is art structured at Sandiway Primary School?

We endeavour to support our children in their understanding and accurate use of artistic and creative vocabulary based on the objectives and skills being taught. Sketchbooks continue to be developed across KS1 and KS2 as a means to support their exploration of themes and approaches.

We encourage our children to be tolerant and responsible citizens through the understanding that people's art is unique and therefore commands respect. In art, our children experience a variety of diverse cultures which supports them in appreciating the awe and wonder of art in the world around us.

A diverse range of artists, and craftspeople are studied, including artists with a British Heritage. 

How do we enrich art?

Regular whole school arts weeks are implemented to support the planned curriculum. These incorporate other curriculum areas (British Values, SMSC, English, science, well-being etc).  Extra-curricular activities are regularly offered to promote creativity (art club, sewing club etc).  Where possible, we involve the community to link with local shops, church, families, other schools, artists, celebrations and events to further enrich the children's experiences of the subject.

How do we provide for all learners in art?

Through our teaching and learning of art, all pupils have a positive view of the subject and are able to enthusiastically demonstrate their creativity using a variety of skills and art elements.  The art curriculum delivery is equitable and appropriate for all groups ensuring full access and parity for all pupils. Children are supported when necessary to enable full access to their learning in art and the most able are challenged to ensure everyone can fulfill their potential within the subject.

How do we assess art?  

Children are given opportunity to evaluate their own and others work with empathy and compassion. All children have knowledge and understanding of a number of artists/crafts people that they can draw upon to support their own work.  

Art work is assessed termly by class teachers.  Judgements are made in relation to how children have approached and accomplished the enquiry questions set within each termly theme

Subject Leaders monitor the progress of art through work scrutiny of topic books, pupil voice, work displayed etc.  Children’s progress and next steps for the subject then become evident.

Autmn Term 2021


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Sandiway Primary School

Weaverham Road, Sandiway, Cheshire, CW8 2ND