Intent, Implementation and Impact

The Intent of our Art Curriculum
At Ovingham CE First School, we believe that high-quality art lessons inspire children. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress through school, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

We aim for all children to reach their artistic potential and develop characteristics that support their journey in becoming great artists. Our artists will: 
  • produce creative work, explore their own ideas and record their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
How we Implement our Curriculum
Our Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage.
Teachers incorporate art lessons into class topics,  ensuring that links are made between art and other areas of the curriculum and learning content is relevant and meaningful for children. 
Our whole school Art Progression document is referred to when planning lessons which ensures coherent curriculum coverage in each class and a clear progression of knowledge and skills across year groups. The Art Progression document can be found below.
First hand experiences and real artefacts are used to stimulate art and design activities. Teaching takes place in whole class groups where new techniques and skills are modelled and high quality examples of work are shared with the children.  Pupils are encouraged to explore their own ideas and  develop a unique style and technique. They are involved in evaluating their work, embracing mistakes, identifying areas for improvement and celebrating their own success and the flourishing of others.  
Each pupil has a sketch book that they keep throughout their time at Ovingham CE First school They use this in the early stages of art projects and see their own progress across time. 
Artwork is displayed in classrooms and corridors throughout school and exceptional pieces celebrated during Friday Celebration Worship. An annual Art Showcase is held for parents and governors to celebrate artwork produced throughout the year.  Children enjoy the opportunity to display their work for the enjoyment of others and have respond positively to feedback on their work.  
The Impact of our Art Curriculum
Artwork produced is of high quality and children take pride in what they produce. The content of art lessons is meaningful to pupils and enriches work in other areas across the curriculum. 
Pupils’ sketch books demonstrate that control and technique with media such as pencil, pastel and paint improve over time. They provide a journal to record observations and are used to review and revisit ideas. Sketch books contain experimentation of skills, photographs and reflections, showing ideas and development rather than final pieces which are displayed throughout school. Editing and improving are an essential part of the learning process and mistakes are used to plan for the next step.