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Appreciation of  Art’s Impact

We follow the Kapow Art Scheme, a spiral curriculum that ensures children build upon skills learned each year. Our Art and Design curriculum is designed to help children develop an appreciation of the arts and understand their impact. This underlying principle is woven throughout our lessons, allowing for curriculum links and promoting awareness of the various forms of art and their effects on spectators. Our goal is to help children recognise the influence art can have on them and connect their knowledge across different subjects. Children are encouraged to self assess their artwork to ensure they create the best piece of artwork they can; our mantra of ‘Appreciation of the Arts’ helps the children to reflect and understand how they can improve further.

Early Years Art and Design

In the Early Years Foundation Stage educators will prepare children for the primary art curriculum through practical explorations of a variety of media and materials. Educators will offer a wide range of provocations which inspire children to observe, investigate and make their own creative works of art, both indoors and outside. Children will work with a range of media and materials including paint, printing, collage, malleable materials, and natural materials. The focus is on the exploration and processes of art as well as on the development of early skills in using media and materials.

Key Stage 1 & 2

Across Key Stage 1 and 2, children engage with different artistic styles, movements, and mediums in innovative ways, understanding the global impact of art. They explore key skills before applying them creatively, building on techniques and styles learned. ICT is integrated to enhance the Art curriculum, allowing children to research, plan, and present their work digitally.

Throughout the curriculum, we offer a range of extra curricular activities to support and enrich learning in school. Children enjoy having the opportunity to work collaboratively on Art and Design projects both in school and with our wider collaborative group of schools. Some of these opportunities involve a range of different art clubs for a range of different year groups, taking part in the Whitley Bay Carnival each year as well as opportunities to compete in art competitions across school, locally and nationally. 

Our curriculum encourages children to develop an awareness of their place in the world and link their knowledge across subjects. To enhance cultural knowledge, we introduce children to a range of artists whose work promotes our core values of respect and equality. All children are provided with experiences to explore, discuss, appreciate, and reflect on their learning, understanding the significant impact art can have on their lives and the lives of others.