The Art curriculum at West Hill Primary School provides our children with a curriculum that develops creativity, challenges, engages and inspires.
We set out to equip children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create. We celebrate the diversity to be found in art and children at West Hill have access to a wide range of artists and cultures.
We aim to give all children the confidence to express themselves through a range of chosen mediums. Our curriculum provides children with an opportunity to experience all art forms: drawing, painting, 3D designs and print making, and pupils are encouraged to experiment with a range of different materials and techniques to bring their ideas to life. Opportunities to practise art and design techniques when using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space are embedded across the Art curriculum through the use of individual sketchbooks.
At West Hill School we selected the Kapow Scheme of work to deliver of Art curriculum. This was chosen as it provides a sequential scheme of work which builds on previous learning.
The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are:
Units of lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying then 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:
Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas.
Following the Kapow scheme of work children are fully equipped to develop their artistic skills and talents.