At Hebburn Lakes Primary our intention is to provide an Art curriculum which ensures children develop art skills, knowledge and a sense of individual creativity. Our intention is to transport pupils to other worlds, cultures and times, as they explore the ideas of a variety of artists from a range of different cultural backgrounds. We believe pupils should be given the opportunity to explore different materials and develop their own ideas of how to use them effectively. Art engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to become independent critical thinkers. Our children are able to produce their own, original creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. The purpose of taking this approach to Art is to ensure pupils have the opportunity to express their individual creativity and ideas, both as a means of self-expression and to communicate with others.

Art is taught through ‘Learning Means the World’ thematic units . The ‘themes’ allow pupils to access a meaningful curriculum, whilst covering all of the National Curriculum requirements. The overview maps below, outline which thematic units feature Art and the Long-Term Plan clearly shows the objectives taught.  All pupils, from year 1 through to year 6 have an individual art journal, which follows them as they progress through the school. Art journals are used to record all elements of the pupils artwork, including: analysing and interpreting art, exploring and experimenting with different media, drafting and sketching as well any personal reflections about their own and others work. There will also be photographic evidence of finished pieces of work that can’t be completed in the Art Journal. Reception and Nursery use a mixture of artwork on paper and photographs which are placed in the pupil’s learning journal, forest school journals or on display.