Art and design
Art opens the heart and mind to possibilities and fuels imagination.
Beehive Lane Art Curriculum
At Beehive Lane Primary school, we believe that high-quality Art lessons will inspire children to think innovatively and develop creative understanding.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. This is taught through a progressive sequence of skills and knowledge that develop curiosity and engagement for all children.
Children will be introduced to a range of work and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary using famous artists as a stimulus. The skills they acquire are also applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail. Pupils are given a clear perspective of what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this.
In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
High expectations through the development of excellent attitudes to learning of all pupils and staff is key to highly effective learning at Beehive Lane. This is constantly developed through the curriculum, lessons, assemblies and ‘Take One Picture' theme weeks.
All teachers spend time during the lessons modelling work in stages, so that children can grasp new skills. The children are shown good examples of artwork so that they have a good idea of expected outcomes. During lessons children are supported and extended through questioning, focussed learning, and mini plenaries to address any misconceptions and/or to challenge. Children are given time throughout the lesson to reflect upon their own work and work of others. In the moment assessment, oral feedback, and next step marking are all used to inform the next step of learning in art.
As part of our planning process teachers plan for the following:
- A sequence of lessons for each area of art which builds upon the previously taught skills giving depth the different genres of the art curriculum.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning in a philosophical/open /debate manner.
- Opportunities to make cross curricular links with other subject in the curriculum.Use ideas from CPD opportunities to continuously improve standards in art by exploring new projects and by taking risks with our artist skills.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class and as a whole school exhibition.
Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate
progression and cover a range of media e.g textiles, photography. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- The progress children make from their starting points to the attainment levels they reach.
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their
thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
Examples of children's work
Art and Design
All children participate in our Take One Picture project every year at Beehive Lane. We study a National Gallery painting and produce work related to a theme or style of the painting. More information can be found at:
For samples of work produced at Beehive Lane, see our dedicated Take One Picture page