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At Goldstone Primary School, we deliver high-quality Art lessons that enable children to become visually literate and understand that art is a form of communication. We aim to develop children’s understanding, enjoyment and participation in art and design, both in and out of the classroom, using a variety of media. We promote the use of sketchbooks, which allow children to record and process ideas encouraging perseverance. We help children to learn about the role of art, craft and design in their environment and take inspiration from it. At Goldstone, children learn about great artists, craft makers and designers from a variety of historical, contemporary and ethnic backgrounds.


· Using a variety of approaches that are matched to the activity, and cater for the wide range of children’s abilities.

· Providing children with the appropriate vocabulary to be able to describe and critique processes and outcomes.

· Children are given the opportunity to explore a wide variety of media, revisiting them as they move through the school and develop existing skills.

· Examining the local environment as well as the wider world considering themes of perspective, composition, structure and balance.

· Using a sketchbook to record their working ideas and processes, outline knowledge (including vocabulary) and encourage independent self- reflection and perseverance.

· Planning a cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth.

 · Asking challenging questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open manner.

· Organising trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience for the children.

· Encouraging children to work individually, in pairs, small groups and as whole class when required to develop both independence and collaborative skills.

· Encouraging the development of personal and social skills, being fully inclusive and giving equal access for pupils to learning opportunities.

· Ensuring that issues of Health and Safety are addressed in the planning and delivery of the art curriculum.


Children will leave Goldstone with…

· Practical art skills using a variety of media.

· A knowledge of the work of artists of varied heritage, both historical and contemporary.

· An understanding of the appropriate, art related, vocabulary.

· An interest in art and design in a variety of contexts.

· The ability to critique both their own work and that of others.

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