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Blandford St Mary

Church of England Primary School

'Knowing we are loved, we learn and grow to be the best that we can be.'


Art at Blandford St Mary CE Primary School                                              

Curriculum Intent Statement  


“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up” – Pablo Picasso


At Blandford St Mary we intend to provide every child with the opportunity to see themselves as artists. We strive to support children to develop the fundamental skills and confidence to express their own thoughts and feelings through art. Our whole school art curriculum builds on children’s knowledge of art techniques and methods linked to different areas of making. Children develop progressive skills in drawing and painting and have opportunities to produce 3d work, collage and print. Children evaluate and analyse creative works and develop a wider appreciation for the art of other people, cultures and eras.


Curriculum Implementation Statement  


At Blandford St Mary our art curriculum has been informed by Access Art. Each year group covers three units a year that each build children’s knowledge of techniques and methods linked to different areas of making (practical art). These consist of units that mainly focus on developing drawing and painting skills, with a third unit that rotates on a cycle between 3d work, collage or print. This cycle is designed to ensure that all children will experience 3d sculpture and clay at least twice (each) during their time in the school. Printing is a focus once in KS1 and once in KS2 . Drawing or painting is something that children experience at least once a year, with units becoming increasingly mixed media in KS2 (providing opportunities for drawing and painting within unit of work).


Curriculum Impact Statement


By the end of their time at Blandford St Mary, we want children to have learned, refined and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a wide range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to reflect upon and discuss the artworks they see. We want children to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing emphasis on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression.