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At Netherthorpe Primary we believe that all pupils can achieve in Art and Design; that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of printing, textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and develop their mastery of Art and Design techniques.

We believe that artisitc expression is very important for everyone and follow a broad Art curriculum. We believe that through practise and repeated opportunity, everybody is able to create interesting and thought-provoking pieces of work. We value Art in itself and also the Arts. Our next step is to re-apply for the Artsmark in order to celebrate the wonderful work that our children produce.

Curriculum Aims:

- Stimulate creativity and imagination to enable children to express their ideas, thoughts and feelings through practical experience in a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional media.
- We will also support children in understanding and appreciating art from a variety of cultures, styles and periods of time.
- Promote children’s enjoyment of Art through a broad and balanced curriculum which builds on previous work and achievements.
- Enable children to develop non-verbal means of organising ideas and expressing thoughts and feelings and record, communicate and express these ideas in different ways.
- Extend and broaden the individual’s knowledge about the arts by exploring a wide range of artists and sculptures through our 'artist of the term'.
- Develop an individual’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through thought-provoking activities and time for self-reflection.
- Celebrate and exhibit their own work to build a sense of pride and recognition of creativity


We have scrutinised and considered a range of factors to ensure that our Art curriculum is ambitious and designed to give all our learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.  We have ensured that teaching and learning is coherently planned and sequenced towards cumulatively sufficient knowledge and skills for future learning.

In EYFS our children often enter school with very little experience of drawing and painting, cutting or sticking and so we aim to build on these basic skills form Nursery onwards.  Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials.  We want our children to respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects, expressing their own ideas.  Through the exploration of colour and purpose, we teach our children to develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately, they are taught to select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.

In KS1 and KS2 children are taught a range of Art related skills, including: printing, textiles, painting, drawing, sculpture and digital media  Each of the main areas of Art are focused on explicitly  with the exceptions of drawing and developing ideas, which are taught in every year group. During the course of the year children have opportunities to revisit and build on skills already taught: they are also able to apply ideas across a range of media.  All of the art created by our children is produced through our skills based approach, which means that our children are given opportunites to learn and practise the skills and techniques they need to create amazing art. Also, we try to make cross-curriculuar links with art to other subjects where possible.  This allows art to be taught with relevance and significance and as an aid to embed other learning

At Netherthorpe children are also taught about individual artists. They are introduced to the Artist of the Term each term in an assembly and learn about the life and work of the artist. They then carry out follow up activities linked to the artist.

As part of our learning about Art we visit galleries and participate in local projects to bring art to the streets and lives of people in Sheffield. This has recently included co-creating a mural in a project linking schools in Italy and England and also visiting a local artist to develop digital art skills. We are always on the look out for such projects to help make Art real, exciting and interactive to our children.

By the end of Key Stage one and two, our children are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programmes of study.

We love to celebrate Art in our school.  Our school is filled with beautiful displays of our work. The mural in our playground was co-created by our children and their siblings at Tapton. The theme of the mural was inspired by artists who create pieces of art linked to nature: we took this theme and applied it to our city of Sheffield across the year. If you haven't looked at it yet, please come and be ready to be impressed.




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Netherthorpe Primary school

Netherthorpe Street
Sheffield, S3 7JA

Main Contact: Elizabeth Gray - Head Teacher

Tel: 0114 272 6834

SEN Contact: Ruth Kay & Clare Wilson

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