Art at GEMS

Art Lead

Mrs Taylor


Curriculum Intent

At Godfrey Ermen Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, a subject area that we celebrate and enjoy across the school. We believe that art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to 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. Our curriculum is designed to be progressive so that our pupils will improve and embed a range of artistic skills over time. They will develop an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across.

We want our pupils to be confident to feel supported to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Through discussions about their learning, pupils will share their thoughts, ideas, process and evaluations of their work.

As pupils progress, 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.

Most importantly, we want children to have developed a passion, an appreciation for art, as well as being stimulated to use their own imagination, skills and creativity.



The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

1. Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences

2. Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

3. Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

4. Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at GEMS is based on the National Curriculum and taught with the guidance of a scheme, KAPOW, to ensure there is a well-structured, supported approach to this creative subject.

Throughout the year, pupils will have opportunities to develop their artistic skills and will be taught to:

• Use materials to design and make products.

• Use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

• Develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

• Create sketches to record their observations and learn how to annotate these.

• Use a range of materials including, clay, charcoal, paint, pencil and fabric.


Early Years Foundation Stage

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

· Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials

· Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.

· Use different media and materials to express their own ideas

· Explore colour and use for a particular purpose

· Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately

· Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary


Key Stage 1

Pupils are taught:

1. To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

2. To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

3. To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

4. About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.


Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils are taught:

1. To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas

2. To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

3. About great artists, architects and designers in history.


Whole School

Throughout the academic year, our pupils work on whole school art projects which are led by our Art & Design Subject Leader. Pupils work collaboratively on difference aspects of the project. The artwork created during our whole school projects is celebrated through high quality displays across our school, which illustrate our appreciation and love of Art.


Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress.

In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

• A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes recorded on a broader curriculum document;

• A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;

• Images and videos of the children’s practical learning;

• Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work (pupil voice).

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