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Art and Design

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At Burnley Road Academy we believe Art and Design has an important role in teaching a broad curriculum. The art curriculum will develop children’s creativity by inspiring and equipping them with the skills and knowledge to create and express their own ideas and record their experiences. As their skills progress (using a variety of techniques such as drawing, painting, sculpting as well as other selected craft skills) they will begin to understand how art has impacted history, culture and landscape. As artists, children will develop their knowledge of artists, designers and craft makers and their critical ability to evaluate theirs and others work taking influence from a diverse range of artists. Our academy values are developed through art and design by showing children courage and perseverance when learning and developing a new skill. It develops teamwork when working together to produce or evaluate artwork. We develop compassion when evaluating their own and others artwork and understanding that learning can be difficult. We teach the children about role models when looking at a variety of artist from various backgrounds


The Art curriculum follows the progression of skills, learning and knowledge from the Early Years to Key Stage One, Lower Key Stage Two and Upper Key Stage Two. Teachers use the long-term plan and skills progression for each unit. This sets out the objectives, knowledge, skills and vocabulary children will gain throughout the topic. We understand the importance of revisiting key subject skills therefore each year group is aware of prior learning and revisits this using the skills progression document. When and where appropriate cross curricular links will be used to support the teaching of art and design skills. At Burnley Road Academy we use a variety of resources to support the teaching and progression of skills and knowledge in each unit using different themes. Each lesson should 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. Children will be given the knowledge about how art and design reflect and shape our history, culture and creativity. Resources will be renewed and audited yearly to ensure that everything is provided to affectively teach this subject Teachers recognise through regular end of unit assessments the need for differentiation. Children showing high achievements in skills and knowledge will need a greater challenge. Lower achieving children will be provided appropriate scaffolding or supporting measures to encourage independence. The school will provide inclusion and appropriate adjustments to allow independence based on the individual need of children with SEND. These adjustments will be made on the IEP, RAPS or teachers individual planning.


Art and design is shown in school through displays, website, social media and photographs. Children record in their art and design books when appropriate. Teachers will assess pupils after each unit of work. Subject leaders will moderate to ensure that children are prepared for the next stage in learning and identify any areas for improvement. Pupil and staff interviews will take place through questioning and discussion to assess children skills, knowledge and use of vocabulary within art and design. Work scrutiny will be done by the curriculum lead to review the pupils work in each class. Results of these may lead to changes in planning to consolidate any previous learning or enhance children’s skills Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. In art children leave Key Stage 2 in line with national expectations.

Cultural Capital in Art

‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’

Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019

We provide engaging art lessons and encourage children to extend their knowledge of other cultures through art. We plan various art themed experiences to develop children’s skills in order to prepare them for the real world. We take advantage of any opportunities in our local community such as The Handmade Parade and Light Up The Valley project. We also have workshops where artists from the community come into school to work with our children.

We study male and female artists from a range of cultures and time periods in order to give the children a well rounded education and be fully absorbed into the art culture.

Policy, Long Term Plan and Skills Progression Grids

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