National Curriculum

Purpose of study
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

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
? produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
? become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design
? evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
? know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and
cultural development of their art forms.


In Year 1 at St Julie

In Year 1 we look at three areas of art over the year.  You can find the knowledge organiseers for the areas we study at the bottom of this page.

In the Autumn term we look at transient art using natural materials and the artist Andy Goldsworthy.  We investigate and discuss his work before trying to recreate his designs and create our own using natural materials from around our school.  We work both by ourselves and collaboratively making arrangements and sculptures of different sizes.


In the Spring term we investigate drawing and look at portraits and use the artists Arnold Machin and Kara Walker as inspiration.  We look carefully at face profiles and link our learning to our history work about Queen Elizabeth II and how her profile has changed over time on coins and stamps.  For our final peice we use Kara Walker's work to influence how the children present a profile of their own face.


In Summer term we focus on colour and collage and explore the works of Daniel Mackie. Using his colourful illustrations as inspiration, we create works of art which link to animals and their habitats. We explore and experiment with a variety of mediums to ensure the children have opportunity to learn new skills whilst mastering those taught previously.


The knowledge organisers for each topic can be found at the bottom of this page.



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