Appley Bridge All Saints'

Art and Design



 At All Saints' Primary School, we want our children to love art, craft and design!  We want them to have no limits to what their ambitions are and to grow up wanting to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects, or printmakers.  We offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum.  Our Art curriculum ensures that all our pupils produce creative, imaginative work, providing opportunities to develop and extend their skills, individual interests, thoughts and ideas. It also inspires and challenges our pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to engage, experiment, invent and create their own works of art.  As our pupils' progress, they gain a deeper understanding of how art and design reflects our history, and how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world.  We want to equip our children not only the minimum statutory requirements of the Art and Design Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.  We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to explore ideas, record their experiences, and learn from other cultures and to respect diversity.  A wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers are available for children to study.


Art and Design has a valuable role to play in the overall ethos of our school.  A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.  These skills are broken down into year group expectations and show clear continuity and progress.  We give our children ownership of a sketchbook to foster their sense of creativity.  Children use their sketchbooks to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas, and develop opinions.  Throughout All Saints' journey, every child has the opportunity to learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture and digital art through the exploration of an artist, craft maker or designer.  Through in-depth discussions, our children explore how their art can share commonalities with famous artists and se subject specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work.  In the development of confident art critics, our children share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work.  Cross-curricular links allow all children to deepen their understanding across the curriculum, including the use of technology and artworks from year group specific historical, geographical and scientific contexts.  Teachers follow a progression of skills, which ensures all pupils are in line with their year group expectations and have the opportunity to build upon prior knowledge. 


Through Expressive Arts, children encouraged to explore different media, explore how to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experiments with colour, design, texture, line, form, shape and function.  All our children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out.  Our children are encouraged to create both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well.  All children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills by talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-awareness.


The impact of this curriculum design will lead to progression over time across the key stages relative to a child's individual starting point and their progression of skills.  Our children will therefore be expected to leave All Saints' reaching at least age-related expectations for art and design.  Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead children to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, use technical vocabulary accurately to improve enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them and their impact of art and design on the world.  Children will become more confident in analysing their pieces within their sketchbooks, giving their opinion on their own and others works of art. We ensure that all our children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with the class teachers.  Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work.

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Finch Lane, Wigan, Lancashire WN6 9DT

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