Teaching Art at Templars Primary School
At Templars Primary School, our tailor-made Art curriculum has been written with diversity at its very core. Art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways, and we should feel represented by the art and artists we learn about. Our Art curriculum gives children the knowledge of significant artists who have shaped our history and society in which we live.
In KS1 children are introduced to the key skills in art, painting, sculpture and collage. Pupils learn about artists proficient in these skills and draw upon their art to inspire their own. Links are made across the curriculum, particularly with history and geography. We want children to celebrate artists from across the World but also from their own city, Coventry. Pupils can relate to artists that have grown up in their own city and recognise the art in and around their own community.
Pupils will be able to represent their knowledge in a visual form. They will show their knowledge of Arctic animals and The Great Fire of London through the pictures they produce. Pictures encourage us to think about and understand the world visually, instead of restricting learning and the acquisition of knowledge to words and numbers alone. Visual thinking helps children learn other subjects.
In KS1 pupils have the opportunity to develop their knowledge of working with a range of different materials such as clay and paint. They learn how to create texture in a malleable material and select materials carefully to mark make. It is at this time that we embed a fundamental understanding of colour mixing, where they can play and experiment with changing colour. Throughout KS2 pupils are given the opportunity to develop and refine these skills further. They will now be using more detailed and intricate designs when using clay, transferring images and designing 3d elements. When painting they will consider composition; arranging elements skilfully.
In KS2 pupils are encouraged to use a sketchbook to record and document the creative process. They can be used to gather inspiration, explore different art media, record responses and evaluate. This will be modelled and supported by class teachers until children build up to using them more independently in years 5 and 6. This provides a space for children to freely express themselves and build confidence in their own ability.
Finally, at Templars, our Art curriculum also places great importance on learning about people from a range of backgrounds and cultures who have made amazing contributions to the world of art, for example, Henri Matisse and Andy Warhol. We aim to show pupils that by studying art, they too can belong to this exciting creative world in the future.
We envision that with a secure knowledge of our Art curriculum, pupils will develop skills that are transferrable to other subjects and daily life. It is a curriculum that is flexible and progressive to reflect our continually changing world and remain relevant for our pupils. Our Art curriculum provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. We strive to ensure that the knowledge our pupils gain will contribute to them becoming creative, confident and proficient artists!
Kara Cole and Kirstie Parsons (Art Co-ordinators)