Church Cowley St James Church of England Primary School

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Art is taught to enable children to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think, and make what they imagine. The subject is both intellectually challenging and creatively demanding, with children learning to view, discuss and make art in various forms: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, digital, textiles and printing.

The subject is taught in three domains: 

  • Practical Knowledge: Children develop technical proficiency to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences using the language of art, craft and design.
  • Theoretical Knowledge: Children understand art's historical and cultural development through learning about a wide and diverse range of artists and artwork, drawing inspiration and identifying techniques. 
  • Disciplinary Knowledge: Children participate in discussions about big ideas in art, exploring concepts of quality, value, process and purpose.

Across the school, art follows the same termly learning journey:

  1. Investigate an art form and links to the curriculum topic.
  2. Learn about a focus artist, craft-maker or designer.
  3. Learn and experiment with practical skills
  4. Plan and invent creative artwork using ideas and inspirations.
  5. Create artwork using practical skills and plans.
  6. Evaluate and reflect on artwork using the language of art. 

art long term plan 2023.pdf

We have developed art workbooks to ensure that there is the appropriate coverage, the standards are high and that every child has the same opportunity, understanding and contextual coverage for each topic. The books are used as sketchbooks to draw and stick inspirational images, grow and develop ideas, make connections and evaluate final outcomes.  

Art-Books (ID 1105)

Work is often displayed across the school and in a school gallery in March aligned to the Oxfordshire Art Weeks programme.

art knowledge and skills progression.pdf