At Buckingham Park Church of England Primary School it is important that every member of the school community feels valued and respected, and that each person is treated fairly and well. We are a caring community, built on a clear Christian foundation and rooted in Christian values. We aim to provide the highest quality all round education, for each and every child, in partnership with parents, within the context of a Christian community. In short, ‘Excellence, through God who strengthens us’.
All school policies are therefore designed to support the way in which all members of the school can live and work together in a supportive way. It aims to promote an environment where everyone feels happy, safe and secure.
The school has a set of values that are based on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. These are a means of promoting good relationships, so that people can work together with the common purpose of helping everyone to learn. These values are displayed below and permeate everything we do:
We are kind, helpful and polite We do our best We are honest We share We are peacemakers We forgive others We take care of everything, and everyone
At Buckingham Park as we strive towards excellence through our Christian school values we believe that art is a vital and integral part of children’s education. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the World. Through art all learners of all different abilities are able to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Learners will have the personal satisfaction of work well done. Art contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. The art curriculum at Buckingham Park will develop children’s critical abilities through artistic appreciation and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artist and designers throughout history.
Aims •Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. •Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. •Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. •Know about great artists, craft makers an designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
From these aims we have identified five strands which run throughout the scheme of work: •Generating ideas •Using sketchbooks •Makings skills, including formal elements (line, shape, tone, texture, pattern, colour) •Knowledge of artists •Evaluating and analysing
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the national curriculum, are also woven throughout units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units in each year group are organised into four core areas:
● Drawing ● Painting and mixed-media ● Sculpture and 3D ● Craft and design
Our Progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. It also shows how knowledge builds in the formal elements of Art. Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils by providing a highly visual record of the key knowledge and techniques learned, encouraging recall of skills processes, key facts and vocabulary.
Frequency At Buckingham Park School art lessons will usually take place weekly, although there will be discretion for teachers to complete a unit as a ‘block’ when appropriate.
Coverage of the Kapow units
Artists learnt about in each year group
In order to truly appreciate the intended vision for our curriculum, you must come in, to immerse and experience this for yourselves. Kapow Primary’s curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.
The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme at Buckingham Park will be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives.
After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s Art and design scheme, pupils should leave Buckingham Park School equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Art and design scheme of work at Buckingham Park is that children will: •Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences. •Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. •Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language. •Know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art. •Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the national curriculum for Art and design.