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Art Curriculum

Trowell C of E Curriculum Vision - Art

At Trowell C of E, all aspects of school life centre around our four core values.  These values are the backbone of the school.  They encompass our expectations of all members of our school community, and our ultimate goal for all the children we teach.  They can be seen in our relationships, expectations, routines, policies and our curriculum.  The key aims of our curriculum are promoted through our Art curriculum in the following ways:



Love Others












Our art lessons provide opportunities for children to share their artistic ideas, showcase their abilities and collaboratively use art resources which encourage friendship, kindness and patience to complement our Christian ethos.


Through peer assessment and encouragement, children become empathetic and caring citizens.  For example, when celebrating and complimenting each other’s work, through walk rounds after completing a piece of work or when creating a class display / whole school art exhibition.


We encourage an understanding and appreciation of citizenship and community values.  This may include discovering local artists, create videos to share with the community of pupil’s work or offer artwork for display among the community.


We seek opportunities to forge greater partnerships with parents by inviting parents to view whole school art exhibitions/gallery and celebrating their children’s work.



Aim High







As the children progress through school, they develop and build upon previously taught skills (materials, techniques, tools) and reflect upon their own improvements, taking pride in their work and art journey (e.g. in their art sketch books) this promotes challenge and encourages pupils to reach up to and beyond their potential. 


By taking inspiration from and developing knowledge about a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history and present day (Including a wider range of artists such as Hokusai (Japanese), Frida Kahlo (Mexican), Ester Mahlangu (South African), Yayoi Kusama (Japanese)), our art curriculum embraces and encourages artistic ambitions amongst the children. It provides them with an understanding about the world and shows how they can succeed in life.


Our art lessons enable all children to achieve through clear modelling of new methods and techniques, if applicable this supports disadvantaged/SEND children to access the curriculum.  All children will have opportunities to express themselves through art.


By using digital art packages to create art work using drawing, composition and typography, children are prepared for a digital world.


New vocabulary is introduced through the teaching of art such as different techniques, methods, art forms and movements. This develops language skills so children can participate in discussions about the curriculum and the world.



Believe We Can Do It







By taking inspiration from known artists, historical art, nature and real life, children will have the opportunity to apply creative independence and freedom.  Enabling children to explore their ideas and have opportunities for practical and/or ’hands-on’ experiences.


We provide opportunities in art to learn new techniques and methods, encouraging children to persevere even when they find it difficult to apply these new skills. This promotes a growth mindset and sense of wellbeing.


Revisiting previously taught art techniques will provide opportunities for children to improve, self-reflect and gain confidence in their own abilities, helping to build confidence and self-esteem.


Mastering skills and techniques using a variety of materials through creative experiences and pieces of work engenders growing resilience and independence in the children.



Do The Right Thing









Thinking about how and where art is created e.g. using recycled materials in collages and mixed media art, works by Banksy (addressing current issues and re-using disposed items), encourages and enables children to engage with real-world ethical issues so they can become global citizens.


Celebrating art from different cultures and appreciating different styles and techniques, provides culturally diverse learning experiences and materials.


Visits to galleries and parks enriches the curriculum with fun and memorable experiences –.  E.g. Nottingham Contemporary, Lakeside Arts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park.