White House Farm Primary School aims to inspire and develop children’s confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. White House Farm Primary School follows the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum which has been developed by experts in their field. This knowledge-rich curriculum allows pupils to learn a wide range of skills, developing understanding as well as clear progression throughout KS1 and KS2.
White House Farm Primary School’s Art and Design Scheme of work supports pupils to meet the National Curriulum end of Key Stage attainment targets.
At White House Farm Primary School children’s knowledge and understanding pupils will go far beyond the technical, factual knowledge, instead balancing declarative knowledge with experiential knowledge, building self-knowledge and nurturing traits in learners which will hold them in good stead whichever direction their learning takes them.
White House Farm Primary School children develop their artistic skills and knowledge through AccessArt’s ‘Pathways.’ These aim to connect Pedagogy-based resources and activity-based resources on AccessArt, together with external links to websites which explore chosen artists/themes, to form a flexible structure which teachers can navigate easily. Pathways follow tested pedagogical approaches and help build teacher understanding in addition to providing progressive projects.
Each pathway follows a particular format which promotes excellent teaching & learning:
- Warm-up: Artists: Activity: Crit / Reflection
- Artists: Materials: Activity: Crit / Reflection
- Challenge or Brief: Artist: Activity: Crit / Reflection
White House Farm Primary School teaches six 1-hour long art lessons every half term with each of the pathways themed. These are repeated annually, providing lots of time to balance repeated practice with new experiences. Throughout the scheme of work, children will study artists, designers and craftspeople, learning from the way they see the world rather than simply making copies of their style.
Each of the pathways ensure full coverage of the national curriculum as outlined below:
White House Farm Primary School’s Progression Document shows the skills and knowledge that are taught within each year group and how these develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
It’s important to us that all teachers feel confident in their own artistic abilities. In addition to the activities within the AccessArt Curriculum, AccessArt links teacher with experts through zoom CPD to support the pathways in the curriculum as well as helping to build teacher understanding and confidence.
The impact of our art and design curriculum can be seen not only in our children’s sketch books but also through classroom displays and the school environment.
There are no national standards in Primary Art and Design. Therefore, at White House Farm Primary School ongoing assessment is based upon lots of conversation, to discover intention and understanding, as well as looking at outcomes of the journey and end result. In addition, each pathway contains suggested “I Can…” statements which are used to check understanding.
Subject leaders measure the impact of the Art curriculum through the following methods:
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Images of the children’s practical learning.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Class floor books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
- Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using PupilAssett