At Cavendish, we believe that art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils as well as equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. We are committed to enabling children to think critically and develop an increasingly deeper understanding of art and design. As a school, we want children to leave school knowing how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our community and wider world.
The Art scheme of work at Cavendish aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. The scheme implemented intends to give pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about art and artists across cultures and through history.
Our devised scheme of work (Kapow Primary) supports pupils to meet the national curriculum end of key stage attainment targets and fully covers the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.
The scheme followed at our school is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:
- Generating ideas
- Using sketchbooks
- Making skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour)
- Knowledge of artists
- Evaluating and analysing
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:
- Painting and mixed-media
- Sculpture and 3D
- Craft and design
Units selected fully scaffold and support age appropriate sequences learning, and creativity and independent outcomes are embedded into units which supports children in learning how to make their own creative choices, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupils. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.