Throughout our Art curriculum, children at Langrish gain a wealth of experiences by using a variety of different mediums. From Years 1 to 6 we follow three main mediums: drawing, painting and printing (sculpture). Within each unit, children build on prior knowledge; develop control and mastery in art techniques; reflect on their own progression and explore a variety of great artists and designers and their place in history and culture.
During their time at Langrish, all children develop their competence of art through a range of additional skills, for example clay work and model making. This provides them with skills that are transferable to other subject areas. For example, observational skills when drawing could be applied to an experiment in Science. A copy of our progression of skills document can be found at the bottom of this page.
All our units focus on a particular artist or artists and children start by discussing and evaluating this with their peers. Children understand that artwork can result in differing points of view and they are able to listen and respond to the comments of their classmates. Langrish children are encouraged to become critical thinkers and pose questions as to the intent and purpose of artists’ work. We aim to have a balance of both structured and open-ended tasks for children to complete. This is achieved by giving a specific stimulus or artist for children to base their work on, but also giving them freedom to create a piece of art that is unique.
Sequence of learning:
Progression of skills:
Art in EYFS:
In EYFS, art and design techniques are regularly used across the curriculum to support a variety of experiences and develop a love for creativity. Children are encouraged to explore, use and refine a variety of artistic effects to express their ideas and feelings and return to and build on their previous learning, refining ideas and developing their ability to represent them. At Langrish, children are given opportunities to create collaboratively and use a range of resources and skills. They love sharing their creations and explaining the processes they have used! By the end of the year, all children will be confident to safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
SEND, Inclusion & Adaptation:
We work hard to ensure all of our subjects – including Art – are accessible to all.
We do this by:
- Reducing cognitive load by revisiting and reapplying previous knowledge and skills
- Reducing cognitive load by breaking down the learning into small steps and practising key skills in discrete lessons before applying them to a final piece
- Using adaptive equipment such as scissors adapted for left-handed users, sprung scissors for children who struggle with fine motor skills, and raised / tilted drawing boards
- Multisensory approaches to teaching, including practical demonstrations, photographs and videos of key skills, and hands-on activities
- Break-out areas and adult support for children who need to work in a quieter or less stimulating environment
- Giving opportunities for the children to work in pairs or small groups
- Motivating learning by ensuring projects include the freedom for children to be creative, and to express themselves and their own interests and ideas through their work
- Giving adult support where needed
- Scaffolding and modelling tasks and activities
Art Ambassadors visit Bedales
In February, our Art Ambassadors and some talented artists from Years 5 and 6 were invited to an art workshop at Bedales School. This included developing skills with a variety of media, such as charcoal and clay. The Year 5 and 6 art curriculum looks closely at mastery of techniques, working from a variety of sources and experimenting and modifying their own work to create a successful final piece.
During the morning, there was opportunity to discuss with art teachers about their specialist materials and learn how to use them effectively to achieve a desired outcome. The children were also shown a video of Michael Landy, a useful artist study, to support their awareness of composition, scale and proportion.
Art Club 2023
Year 3 and 4:
To support our Art curriculum, we have been running an additional Art Club after school. The sessions have focused on experimenting with different effects and textures (Y3 NC) and showing increasing independence and creativity with artistic processes (Y4 NC). Most importantly, they have allowed Year 3 and 4 pupils to explore their artistic understanding and techniques to keep practising and honing developing skills.
Year 5 and 6: Coming soon...
Take One Picture Week 2023
Every year we take part in 'Take One Picture Week' run by the National Gallery. This year we focused on the painting Surprised! by Henri Rousseau. The Arts Council worked with their classes to come up with a range of skills, linked to the National Curriculum, that they wanted to explore.
On the final day, we joined together in houses to create a STEM inspired project based on the painting. Through this creative and practical activity, all children gained the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in the process of designing and making. By selecting appropriate tools, each house was able to create completely unique designs. There was then opportunity to evaluate their ideas and products against their own design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work through a whole school tour of the 3D art.
Climate Unity Project 2022
At Langrish, we love taking part in wider community projects. This year, Year 5 have taken part in the evolution of this project: Climate Unity. Their first piece of artwork has been delivered to Calshot Activities Centre and will be on show until October 2022. One side of the piece represents the world the younger generation will live in if we don't do anything about climate change; the other, 'good' side, represents the world Year 5 want when they grow up!
Alongside the pupils becoming true advocates for climate unity and preservation, they supported their art and design skills through mastery of techniques by using a range of materials for sculpture and painting.
Climate Crisis Project 2021
In 2021 Years 3 & 4 took part in the Climate Crisis Project run by Hampshire County Council and created an art installation, alongside other schools in Hampshire, to raise awareness about climate change and environmental issues. The piece was called 'Our Climate Crisis Forest'. The children showed that they could work confidently with a range of scales and experiment with different textures and techniques. They had such a sense of pride in our totem poles, which were even featured on ITV News!
"We only used recycled materials that we bought in from home to create our totem pole to raise awareness of plastic pollution"
"I liked how much effort we put into our project, we kept coming back to it and making improvements"
David Shepherd Global Canvas international art competition
We have also taken part in the David Shepherd Global Canvas international art competition. This gave our KS2 children the opportunity to find out about endangered species, their habitats and threats they face. This also allowed the children to explore different media (Y3 NC), make and match colours with accuracy (Y4 NC), describe varied techniques (Y5 NC) and alter and modify their work (Y6 NC) to express themselves and a researched topic through artistic creativity.
We won Michael O'Mara Books Personal Choice Award too!