Swalwell Primary School

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Art and Design



At Swalwell Primary School, our intent is to provide an opportunity for learners to develop key elements of art and design throughout the curriculum including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and 3D art which progress across each year group. These key skills are mapped out in a progression of knowledge and skills document to ensure clear progression across each year group in both substantive and implicit knowledge and skills. We also map out great artists and designers which the children will be introduced to each unit and provide time to explore their impact on the specific art form. We believe it is vital to stimulate creativity and imagination in all children through an inclusive art and design curriculum, providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences which can be accessed by all learners. 




At Swalwell Primary School the Art and Design curriculum has been devised to develop artistic skills in drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and 3D art whilst developing individual sketchbooks. Art is taught in discrete blocks throughout the year, so that children can achieve depth in their learning and skill development. Each week the children receive one taught session of Art and Design for a minimum of one hour and lessons are structured  over a half term to develop the children’s substantive knowledge through implicit skills. For each unit a knowledge organiser is produced which gives children key vocabulary, key knowledge and skills and an artist or designer significant to the topic. All of this is displayed in the classroom to allow children to come back to it and reference during discussions. Each child has an Art and Design sketchbook where the whole creative process is captured and skills are built upon and developed. 




Pupil progress is assessed at the end of the unit of work by both the teacher and child. Children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work in their art portfolios, focussing specifically on the implicit knowledge and skills that have been developed that unit. 


Please see the links for the schools Medium Term Plans and skill progression. If you would like any further information regarding our Art and Design curriculum then please contact the school.   



At Swalwell Primary School we believe that all children should be fully included and their creativity should be celebrated within their learning. As such Art and Design lessons are tailored to ensure all learners can reach their full potential and have the opportunity to express themselves artistically whilst demonstrating the progressive skills they have been taught. Topics are planned with the intention of exploring a range of mediums, with a specific focus on sensory exploration and wherever possible, materials are provided to support learners through touch as well as sight. Any printed materials will be adjusted to allow access to all, providing where possible, Zychem images to raise images and provide additional opportunity for touch for individuals that need it. Children will receive adult support when required to access the learning and as an inclusive school, Swalwell Primary School ensure all educational visits and group activities are carefully pre-planned to make certain that all children can access the artistic experiences. Each year group explore a range of artists from different cultures, as well as celebrating those with additional needs to provide them with an enriched, diverse Art and Design curriculum. 


Art and Design Champions


We currently have 6 Art Champions, who support their peerspromote confidence within Art, discuss plans and ideas for the subject, share their views and help to deliver assemblies. 



Long and Medium Term Plan