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at St Wilfrid's CE Primary School

The school believes that art is a vital part of the education of all children. By the time pupils leave the school, they will know and appreciate the work of great artists and designers. In keeping with our school’s Christian Vision based on the Parable of The Mustard Seed (Mark 4 30:32), we aim for our children to develop and grow as artists, both in terms of their practical art skills and use of sketchbooks but also their ability to talk about their own work and that of others. 

Art is taught in units to key stages (EYFS, KS1, LKS2, UKS2). Our curriculum works on a two-year cycle to ensure coverage and avoid repetition due to our status as a one and a half form entry school. Children acquire key skills in the following areas: drawing, painting, collage, printing and sculpture and essential knowledge of different styles of art and the famous and less well-known artists who used these media. In a unit of work, children will be given the opportunity to reflect on the work of an artist and then will use their sketchbooks to make ‘visual notes’ on their work. As the weeks progress, children are given the chance to use sketchbooks to experiment with techniques related to the discipline they are working in before applying these skills to a finished piece at the end. A final lesson of self-assessment and critiquing of their work and the work of other children is planned in to end the unit.

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