Albion Primary School



Curriculum Intent

It is our intent to engage, inspire and challenge children as they produce their own creative work, using a range of art, craft and design techniques.

We aim to develop children’s understanding of how art & design contribute to culture and creativity.

We will provide children with the opportunity to express themselves and communicate their feelings and emotions in a creative away.


Curriculum Implementation

The teaching of the Art curriculum at Albion Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and supported by our specialised art teacher, ensuring a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. We employ a specialist art teacher to deliver part of the art curriculum. We teach the children a range of techniques, processes and key skills such as drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and 3D sculpting.  Children learn to manipulate and experiment with the elements of art: line, tone, pattern, texture, form, space, colour and shape. Children also have the opportunity to explore patterns, texture, line, shape and form and learn how to adapt each to the best effect.

In order to further develop children’s critical thinking and their understanding and appreciation for art, pupils discover and learn about great artists throughout history. Artists such as Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle, Andy Goldsworthy, Kandinsky, Alma Woodsy Thomas, Kauma, Richard Sweeney, Georgia O’Keefe, Hockney, Claude Monet and Andre Derain provide inspiration for the children. As we are situated within easy travel distance of fantastic museums and galleries that London has to offer, we frequently make good use of them.

Across all year groups from Nursery to Year 6, our art work is developed through such topics as; The Solar System, Alfred & Ada Salter, The Great Fire of London, Ancient Egypt, Roman Mosaics, Vikings and Carnival.

Art is developed through the use of photography, collage, mosaic, printmaking using poly tiles, 3D sculpture paper mache, drawing, shading, collagraph printing, sculpture with clay, 3D papier mache mask making, sketching and weaving. Children record the process of creation in their Albion sketchbooks which follow them through the school.

In EYFS, we encourage the development of skills, knowledge, and understanding that help reception children make sense of their world as an integral part of their school experience. We relate this development to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals & Development Matters. Children will access a creative outlet across most areas of their learning but particularly in Physical Development, Maths and Literacy, alongside Expressive Arts & Design. This learning, forms the foundations for later work in expressive arts and design. These early experiences include asking questions about how things have been created, exploring and investigating using a variety of materials tools and techniques. The children experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function. They are also given an opportunity to share their creations, explaining the process they have used using topic rich language and vocabulary. We plan according to the children’s interests and provide an enabling environment offering a range of experiences that encourage exploration, observation, problem solving, critical thinking, and discussion.


Curriculum Impact

By the end of each key stage, children are expected to know, apply and understand the knowledge, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. 

On completion of each art unit, children are able to show progression in their skills, knowledge and understanding through the piece of artwork that they have planned, designed and created. Teachers assess learning using a skills progression sheets and are able to give informative and useful feedback to support future artwork. The quality of the children’s learning is evident through subject leader monitoring, displays, the children’s art sketchbooks and examples of completed pieces of art. The children would have developed an understanding of the wide range of artists and their artwork and the impact that it has had on the wider world. When they leave school, the children will have learnt a wide range of techniques based on drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and 3D sculpture, which will have provided them with the skills and confidence to continue their art learning journey in secondary school.

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