The art and design curriculum at Upton, seeks to captivate, motivate and invigorate lifelong creative learning through a clear progression of both knowledge and skills. By looking at a range of artists, designers, craftsmen and architects as a reflection of the culture, creativity and wealth of our diverse nation, children will be able to test, formulate and create art they take pride in, and develop key critical thinking and analysis skills by accessing a curriculum that is adapted and developed so every child may achieve their full potential.
Upton Primary School delivers a curriculum that has been designed to cover all of the skills set out in the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum states that ‘pupils should be taught to 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.’ Our curriculum has been structured in a cross-curricular way to effectively facilitate this and to provide maximum inspiration to our pupils. Staff teach this through five main skills –drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and texture –developing the key skills for each year group, providing children with a clear progression of techniques in a sketch book that travels through the school, accompanying students on their learning journey.
Through the teaching of art and design, an emphasis is placed upon our children exploring how global issues and themes such as identity, shared humanity, difference, diversity, conflict and justice are represented through art. It is an opportunity for our children to recognise different perspectives, ideas, beliefs and values. By linking every skill to both an artist and the school’s curriculum, we provide opportunities to learn about, and learn from, different cultures through handling images and artefacts.