Art Curriculum

At Marlborough Road Academy, we follow the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This is taken as a minimum entitlement for learners at Marlborough Road Academy.

‘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 nation’ (The National Curriculum, Continuous Improvement).

The Marlborough Road Curriculum for Art and Design provides pupils with the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences, to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.  The curriculum provides pupils with opportunities to evaluate and analyse creative works, using the language of art, craft and design and to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms. In Key Stage 1, pupils build on the foundations of the EYFS curriculum.  At K.S 1, the curriculum develops skills across the disciplines of drawing, painting, collage, printing, textiles, sculpture and digital art and design.  In Design, pupils analyse existing products, learn to use a range of materials to design and make products and to represent their ideas and experiences and to evaluate the effectiveness of these products/designs.  In Art they develop an understanding of the concepts of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.   At K.S 2 these strands include photography.  All pupils learn about the work of artists and crafts people. All pupils keep sketchbooks to record their ideas. 

For more information, please download our curriculum intent for Art and Design. 

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