Curriculum Statement: Art & Design

 ‘Excellence, Truth and Grace’

‘Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.’

Philippians 4: 8-9 


Curriculum Intent

Art enables children to develop their creative imagination, enabling them to communicate what they see, feel and think through a range of tools, media and materials. During their time at Middleton Parish Church School, children are given regular opportunities to experiment, invent, create and evaluate their own works of art, craft and design and those of others including great artists, craft makers and designers. Skills and techniques are taught progressively and revisited to ensure that all children are able to learn and practice in order to develop as they move through the school. Children’s interests are captured through theme learning and past experiences, ensuring that links are made in a cross curricular way, giving children motivation and meaning for their learning. Throughout the key stages children’s experience of art is enriched by finding out about famous artists (past and present) and exploring our local environment including our school forest for inspiration. We aim to ensure that all children are given high quality learning opportunities that build on our school’s Christian foundation, the children’s past experiences and the cultures of the community that surrounds our school.  We aim to increase the cultural capital for all of our pupils regardless of any previous exposure to art. 

Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be

  • Ready to Learn: In art children will have a positive and confident attitude towards learning. They will be physically and emotionally ready to learn new skills in art.
  • Respectful: Children will understand art in context and show respect for others work. They will develop social skills and an understanding of society. Children will engage in the culture they live in whilst understanding and respecting the culture of others.
  • Reflective: Through their art work, children will develop concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, self-improvement and curiosity.
  • Aspirational: Children will be inspired, through a climate of high expectation, excellence and challenge to fulfil their true potential, both at Middleton Parish Church School and in their lives ahead.

Curriculum Implementation

We offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the National Curriculum. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluating different, creative ideas.
Children will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and by offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including: drawing, painting and sculpting, as well as, other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers.

Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be: 

  • Ready to Learn: In art lessons, children will know and develop the skills needed to use a range of tools effectively. Children will build their knowledge of the range of materials that they will use throughout school.
  • Respectful: During Art lessons, children will show respect to one another by giving feedback and making positive comments about their own work, the work of their peers and the work of great artists. Children will show respect and care when using the equipment provided in art lessons.
  • Reflective: Children will learn how to evaluate and review their own work and be ready to make changes. They will demonstrate resilience by persevering with challenging tasks whilst developing their own confidence and self-esteem as learners. They will see constructive feedback as an opportunity for growth and improvement.
  • Aspirational: Children will: build up a bank of art and design knowledge; be proud of the work that they produce during art lessons and be inspired to use their art and design skills in their wider lives.


Curriculum Impact

Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations when teaching and quality evidence of children’s learning is presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified within the Art curriculum. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and are able to demonstrate the impact of their art and design learning in other areas. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show increasing resilience and perseverance by using reflection and feedback to evaluate and improve their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and the associated skills used within it.

Middleton Parish Church School’s children will be: 

  • Ready to Learn: Children will use a range of tools and materials correctly. The children will be able to make their own links to prior learning in art and apply this to new learning.
  • Respectful: Children will have and show respect in all aspects of the art curriculum by: respecting themselves and others; positively sharing their opinions and listening to the opinions of others.
  • Reflective: Children will know how to improve their own work. They will be able to recognise their own next steps and have the knowledge, skills and resources for them to be able to achieve this.
  • Aspirational: Children will enjoy: art; learning new skills and some children will progress further to pursuing art in the wider world as young adults.



Curriculum - Art.

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