GLF Schools

GLF Schools

GLF Schools was founded in 2012 in order to enable the federation of Glyn School (an academy in 2011) and Danetree Junior School. Together, we began our journey to become a MAT of more than 1000 talented staff working with over 10,000 children in 40 schools across 5 regions in southern England.

Art and Design

Welcome to our Art and Design Curriculum 

Cuddington Croft Primary School 94

At Cuddington Croft, we want to inspire our children to be excited by Art and Design, to ask inquisitive questions and to have the confidence to explore with different art skills and mediums in order to develop their self exploration and creativity. 

Our Art and Design Intent

At Cuddington, Art and Design is taught using a skills-based approach which is structured into three parts: a systematic introduction of a specific art skill, child experimentation and a level of challenge. We believe that this chosen approach will build a solid foundation for the children to acquie a range of art skills, as well as gain the confidence to apply them in different contexts across their time at school. 

In Key Stage 1, children will be introduced to a range of mediums where they will be taught techniques in each formal element of art, including colour, pattern and texture. Pupils will have opportunities to develop their imagination and experiences through the skills-based approach to teaching and by creating their own artwork. By exploring and discussing artwork from a range of artists, pupils will have opportunities to share their opinions and be able to describe the differences and similarities identified whilst making links to their own artwork produced. 

In Key Stage 2, children will continue to develop and practise using specific art skills and will be exposed to a vast range of different art, craft and design. They should be able to think critically and evaluate art and design, including their own. Through further exposure to famous artists and their artwork, they will develop an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

As they progress through each year group, the children will develop and consolidate their techniques in using the eight formal elements of art, whilst having opportunities to apply these in creative, self-led contexts. Fundamental skills including painting and sketching techniques will be built upon throughout our year group themes to ensure that pupils feel confident in applying these independently at secondary school and beyond. 

Implementation - how is Art and Design planned for and taught? 

Our progression of skills map and year group medium term theme plans are used to create a sequence of lessons.Time is spent at the start of lessons recapping prior learning and vocabulary. Each Art and Design lesson taught has a learning objective and success criteria, ensuring that children are aware which specific art skill they are learning in that session. When using the skills-based approach to teaching specific art skills, teachers will both lead discussions and model practicing art skills to pupils whereby they will use their personal Art and Design sketchbook to experiment for themselves. 

Differentiation in Art and Design is planned for carefully and will be seen through various ways. For example, this will be the level of scaffolded support given to children through resources such as templates or outlines, support by the teacher themselves through verbal feedback when practising art skills in a guided teach, and also through teacher questioning to promote the more able to partake in investigation and exploration. 

Impact - how is progress shown?

Our children's sketch books are used as a portfolio of evidence and are kept by the child throughout their time at Cuddington Croft. Sketch books demonstrate evidence of the children practicing and building upon taught skills. When discussing and exploring a range of different artists and their artwork, sketch books will often be used for children to record their ideas and opinions which enable them to refer back to and use when creating a final piece of artwork. Evidence of final pieces of artwork can also be found here.

When our children leave Cuddington Croft, a good learner in Art and Design will..

Have a good understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.  

Have a positive attitude towards art/design and are curious to learn more and engage in self-exploration.  

Be able to plan their work and possess control over different art/design techniques.  

Think critically about their own and others’ work, justifying their choices and reflecting on how to improve.