Art and Design
Helmdon Primary School aims to inspire and develop children’s confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. making a creative response to a variety of stimulus. We place an emphasis on encouraging exploratory journeys, working towards varied and individual outcomes.
Helmdon Primary School follows the Access Art Split Primary Art Curriculum, which has been developed by experts in the field. Our Art teaching is aspirational yet accessible. Our curriculum aims to be broad and rich, contemporary and diverse. By keeping our understanding of all discipline areas (drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture) as open as possible we ensure that we keep art inclusive and accessible to all.
At Helmdon Primary School children develop their artistic skills and knowledge through Access Art’s ‘Pathways.’ Each pathway is grouped into one of the following areas of focus or themes, which are covered in all year groups allowing for repeated practice alongside new projects, building skills and knowledge.
Art lessons are taught every other half term, with 6 lessons covering each pathway. In each pathway children study artists, designers and craftspeople, learning from the way they see the world rather than simply making copies of their style. We believe art is subjective and experiential. There are many types of knowledge which are best understood when embedded in experience.
Through enabling pupils to think about the purpose of art and artists to all our lives, we will ensure that as children grow they are able to express and better understand themselves and the world in which they live.
There are no national standards set in art for primary-aged children. Conversation-based assessment in art takes place on an ongoing basis. The conversations might take place as a class, as a group, or one to one and will feed into processes of reflection and evaluation. These conversations and opportunities for reflection take place throughout the creative process, making assessment meaningful and relevant.