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Art at Elm Hall Primary School


My name is Lucy McCarthy and I'm the Art lead at Elm Hall Primary. At Elm Hall we believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation.

Our Learning Aims

The Elm Hall curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • Know about a range of artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • In EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) children will be given many opportunities to engage with the arts and develop a cultural awareness. Children will have opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. In order to tap their artistic potential, the children will be encouraged to develop their own creative ideas and given opportunity and encouragement to do so. 

What do we Learn?

At Elm Hall our children are given the tools to view and understand themselves as artists. Throughout all art units, Pupils explore and learn about: understanding art and being an artist and Understanding and using shape and space. They explore and learn about different art mediums:drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other media, at age-appropriate stages of progression. They are given opportunities to compare, contrast and discuss the works of various well known and lesser known artists throughout their school journey and use sketchbooks each year to annotate these artists work along with their own work and ideas across the learning sequence. 

In Year One we explore - 

  • Naming and mixing colours
  • Controlling lines
  • Clay pinch pots
  • Collage
  • Mono printing

In Year Two we explore - 

  • Mixing colours, shades and tones
  • Recognising lines and patterns
  • Papier Mache
  • Collage pictures
  • Impressed stamp printing

In Year Three we explore - 

  • Texture and expression using colour
  • Pencil tones and textures
  • Clay coil pot
  • Collagraph printing
  • Layered collages

In Year Four we explore - 

  • Complementary and tertiary colours
  • Using different grade pencils and patterns to create texture.
  • Mod Roc sculptures
  • Dioramas
  • Screen printing

In Year Five we explore - 

  • To adjust colour intensity
  • To use hatching techniques to create depth
  • Free standing clay sculpture
  • Relief block printing
  • Cubist inspired collages

In Year Six we explore - 

  • Depth and volume through paint
  • Drawing to create motion - figures in action
  • Free choice sculpture that conveys a message
  • Creating a collage in the style of an artist.
  • Styrofoam- intaglio printing

How do we Learn?

For art projects, children are exposed to the following teaching stages:

The length and time spent on these sequences can vary depending on age, task and activity.

Art Teaching stages

Meet Our Subject Ambassadors 2022-2023

Last year we achieved :

  • We have begun to monitor the progression of a strand of artwork across the school to create a document that shows how 'Printing' is taught at Elm Hall
  • We have planned a whole school art competition and created the trophy for the winning class
  • We have photographed evidence of art teaching and learning for the school website
  • We have gathered artwork for display frames in the corridor
  • We have created and delivered a year group specific questionnaire to each KS1 and KS2 class to gather an awareness of how the teaching and enjoyment of art is currently viewed by our fellow classmates
  • We have developed a list of ideas of how we can continue to raise the profile of Art across the school. 

Curriculum Documents 2022-2023

Check our our Elm Hall Art Curriculum below:

Check out our Elm Hall Art Vocabulary Progression below:

Check out our Elm Hall Art Policy below:

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