“Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life.

Pablo Picasso.

BWJPS Approach to Art

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination and is an important area of children’s learning. During their time at Bury and Whitefield Jewish Primary School, children are provided with opportunities to explore and evaluate a broad range of artists’ work and communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of a wide variety of media and techniques. Teachers have a good knowledge of the subjects they teach and present subject matter clearly, providing feedback to pupils when necessary.

At BWJPS, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education, providing significant and valuable enrichment opportunities.  The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists.

We recognise that art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. 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, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art Lead: Miss Ashleigh Thorp

As a school, art brings us together to celebrate and present learning in different ways. Art is a subject where we can all ‘belong’ to a project and ‘achieve’ together; there are no right or wrong and all children can excel. A skills progression map is used to ensure children are taught the necessary skills for their year group/ability. Children build upon prior learning to give progression through year groups. They are given the opportunity to work as a class, as part of a group or as an individual. Children’s work is displayed throughout the school, which greatly enhances the working environment and allows children to feel a sense of achievement.

The ‘Programme of Study’ takes you directly to the relevant pages of the National Curriculum.

The ‘Curriculum Overview’ gives an overview of the units/ topics being covered within the subject. It shows you the year at a glance before describing each unit further (detailing the skills/ knowledge covered in each unit).

The ‘Progression Map’ details the skills and knowledge acquired in each year; highlighting how these progress from Nursery through to Year 6. This document includes a progression of key vocabulary.

The ‘End Points’ document shows the key objectives for this subject (within each year group) that are necessary for them to achieve ‘expected’.