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Intent For Art

Across our Federation, we strive to develop the imagination and creativity of our children particularly in the arts. We ensure that our art curriculum provides a broad and varied approach that develops children’s artistic and creative abilities, using their experiences, other subjects across the curriculum and their ideas as inspiration for their artwork. Children are taught about the great artists, architects and designers both today and throughout history and encouraged to appreciate them critically.

Every pupil will have the opportunity to develop skills in the key areas of painting, sculpture, collage, textiles and drawing. Children are encouraged to develop skills in each area so that they build a varied and increasingly complex knowledge of each area. They are encouraged to practice techniques, using the appropriate vocabulary (cross-hatching, contrast, pattern, tone, shade etc) to develop ideas over time and to draft, positively critique and edit their work.

They develop and share their ideas in their sketchbooks and in finished works in order to improve mastery of techniques. We provide high quality materials and resources and encourage children to use these creatively. Collaborative and large-scale art projects form part of the children’s learning, alongside individual pieces. Their work is valued and displayed throughout school and in the community where appropriate.

Pupils are taught about a range of artists throughout their time at Linthwaite Clough; and can discuss the similarities and differences between artistic styles and techniques. Children are encouraged to develop their own ideas through experimentation with different media. We want each child to reach their artistic potential and to be able to use art to express their individual and unique ideas and creativity.

Implementation statement
The implementation on art at Linthwaite Clough is based on the National Curriculum and is taught in a cross curricular and multi-faceted way in order to foster creativity, critical thinking, synthesis of thematic projects and evaluation and critique of their own work, including next steps.

The work of local, national and international artists is studied and used for inspiration and the starting point for children’s own exploration and development.
Art is taught discretely in class, through Confidence Creative Learning, through collaborative work and using our specialist staff in school and artists that are invited into the schools to provide workshops and instruction to the children. In this way they have access to specialists and the expertise they bring. Children are positively encouraged to use a variety of media and styles and to bring their own voice to their work. Our specialist staff are deployed to model good practice and support the development of children’s skills and love of art.


Our art curriculum is designed to firmly root arts, culture and creativity into the curriculum. It strengthens the pupil voice and fosters personal, creative development whilst encouraging cultural understanding, diversity and innovation. Resilience, effective planning, experimentation and trial and error are all skills learnt through art which can be invaluable elsewhere.
Children develop a love of Art, including traditional, online media, photographic imaging, sculpture and textiles. Our teaching and learning equips children with a skills that develop and progress through the year groups, whether that is painting and sculpture in Early Years or un Year 6. Children develop proficiency in skill, find hidden talents and raise aspirations.