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Art Curriculum Intent


Our curriculum at Lockerley Primary School encompasses the following aims to meet the needs of our children and the Art curriculum is a vehicle to bring these aims to life:


ACTIVE - Provide richness and depth to inspirational learning in school. Concrete resources such as different pieces of art, as well as collaborative immersive days, are used to embed conceptual understanding in the Art curriculum to allow pupils to make links between each area of learning.


EXPERIENCES - Provide a breadth of opportunity out of school whilst rooting children in their immediate and local environment. Local visiting artists will help children to develop an understanding of different art forms and how historical artists have helped shape art today. Comparing this to art from around the world will develop a breadth of knowledge for them to draw on.


DIVERSITY - Build cultural awareness & knowledge to encourage children to be outward looking and forward thinking. Children will explore art from different cultures and different periods of history and use this to help them create their own pieces of art. They will begin to understand how art contributes to culture, creativity and the wealth of a nation.


PURPOSE - We believe learning should matter. Making meaningful learning is central to our teaching. Learning journeys are made clear to the children with an outcome we are working towards and the steps along the way. We have developed ‘real life’ opportunities for children to share their work.

Art Curriculum Implementation


EYFS planning is matched to age and stage appropriate curriculum. Art skills are adapted to match key areas of the curriculum, with children building on their knowledge of drawing and exploring different mediums. The provision includes individual and small group work, and a balance between guided interaction with direct teaching and child led activities. Objective led planning allows the teachers to tailor individual next steps, based on assessments, into the environment and play-based activities for the children. Small group work is used to target particular needs, and early intervention is also used 1:1 with a child if they have been identified as not keeping up.


Art is taught in the Spring Term, and as the key foundation subject it is allocated two afternoons per week for in depth study. Teachers plan from the National Curriculum objectives alongside the Hampshire Art Skills. Each year group has a long term plan which outlines the learning journeys to be covered referring to the units in the National Curriculum. This is a progressive cyclical learning approach where learning is revisited over the course of each Key Stage, deepening their understanding each time. Each learning journey is central to the teaching and this is made clear to the children. This is shared through the ‘big question’ which features on the Art learning wall in each classroom. This will incorporate all the skills they will be learning within the unit, therefore children are able to understand how one lesson builds on another within the journey. By presenting our learning in this way, and allowing children the opportunity to deepen their understanding by focusing on Art for an entire term, children have opportunities to explore different mediums for creating art, drawing on historical artists for inspiration and understanding how different cultures and periods in time influence what art is created.

We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become artists:

  • Develop the skills to experiment, invent and create their own pieces of work
  • Enable them to think critically about pieces of art
  • Understand how art creates and shapes our history
  • Know how art contributes to culture, creativity and wealth of a nation

Within an Art lesson the teacher will often use split inputs and peel away groups. Planning is flexible to the learners needs and can run over a course of a few days. There will be a key task which has variations of this task to support and scaffold and to deepen learning. Children are encouraged to self-select the tasks depending on their confidence level.

Artistic language is scaffolded in each class with key vocabulary displayed on the working wall. Teachers model the use of this language in their teaching. Stem sentences are used to support the use this key vocabulary. We also strongly believe that within our curriculum skills should be developed alongside knowledge. Therefore we have a set of core skills at the centre of our curriculum which underpin everything we do. These build progressively as the children move through the school.

  • To seek out and enjoy challenges
  • To ask questions to extend thinking
  • To collaborate with others
  • To overcome barriers by trying out alternative and adapting or developing ideas
  • To assess themselves and others
  • To show commitment and perseverance
  • To connect ideas and experiences in different ways
  • To generate ideas and explore possibilities.


Art Curriculum Impact

Assessments are made by the teachers continuously and used to plan subsequent lessons. Tapestry is used within EYFS to record observations and assessments. This shares learning with parents and we encourage parents to share learning from home through this platform. Live marking within lessons drives immediate feedback and adaptations to learning. If feedback is given after the lesson, children are expected to respond to the marking during the following session. Teachers track individual progress on assessment sheets which identify children not achieving Age Related Expectations and those exceeding them. This provides information for the pitch of teaching in the next Art term.