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Art

At King Richard III, we understand the importance of Art and Culture to our children. 

 

We use the Access Art scheme as a basis for our curriculum in Key Stage One due to the fact it has been structured to clearly provide progression for the children in both skill and knowledge. In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we have taken the structure of Access Art, with the content, knowledge and skills, built from the Development Matters and the children’s own interests. Each year group revisits the same areas of art each year, but with a development in the skills and knowledge taught. This ensures there is no repetition, but an opportunity for a wide range of skills and knowledge to be taught and built upon each year.  

 

It is important for our children to have the opportunity to be creative and expressive and have the confidence in their knowledge of art to be able to be explorative in their creating. With an open-ended expectation within the topics, there is no limit to what our children will be able to create, from most confident artists to the most reluctant. Everyone will have gained the skills and knowledge to explore independently and thoughtfully.  

 

As well as a clear progression structure, Access Art exposes children to a range of artists from different time periods, genders and countries, with different abilities and dis/abilities. It is important that our children see themselves and their culture reflected within our curriculum, and with a range of artists from all over the world. 

 

The way this planning is structured always allows time for self-reflection and shared reflection, providing great opportunities for developing Oracy skills and self-confidence. In a multi-cultural school like ours with a high percentage of EAL children, art will frequently give the gift of communication to those who are still learning our language. 

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