Kentmere Academy and Nursery

Kentmere Academy and Nursery


The Art Curriculum

Watch our Art Curriculum video by clicking on the image.

Read more about the Art Curriculum here:

How Are Children Taught?
Early Years
Key Stage 1
Lower Key Stage 2
Upper Key Stage 2
Home Learning

Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Art Curriculum Intent

Art Curriculum Intent

To develop children’s understanding of different artists, art forms and to promote independence to express themselves how they choose. Children will be thinking about their feelings, interests and likes to develop mindfulness through all art forms. 

“No time is wasted in lessons.  They often start with competitive, challenging activities before moving on to an even deeper exploration of concepts and to new content.”  Ofsted 2018

Our Art Vision

Our Art Vision

“The principles of true art is not to portray, but to evoke.” – Jerzy Kosinski

Art provides educational benefits that other subjects cannot; it creates creative and visual thinkers. Anyone who creates art has the right to call themselves an artist. 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. Pupils should be able to think critically, know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Art develops imagination and creativity by taking children’s experiences and transforming them. Every artist has autonomy over their work; their work is their own and has its own immeasurable worth, this fact provides our children with confidence and belief in what they have they have created. Art is a tool often used to support mental health and wellbeing in allowing children to express their feelings, concerns or ideas.

At Kentmere Academy the Art Curriculum develops children’s knowledge of art skills, such as making, generating ideas and being able to evaluate their own and others’ work. They gain knowledge of artists and develop formal elements such as texture, tone, line, pattern, shape and colour.

As a school, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art and Design.  We see this as a fundamental part of school life.  We are committed to providing an ‘Arts Rich Curriculum’ for our children.  We believe that by developing this we can contribute to the quality of our children’s lives both within and beyond school.  We see art and design as a means to support learning in a range of ways.  The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning. 

Through the teaching of art and design, we focus on:
•  Observing detail
•  Sensitive, analytical and critical responses
•  Increasing confidence
•  Striving for high standards
•  Raising self-esteem
•  Imagination and creative expression
•  Investigative techniques
•    The opportunity to compare, contrast and appreciate different cultures

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.

Watch our
Art Video

We hope you will watch our video that will show you some of the amazing learning and fun that takes place in our school.  Our pupils had fun being filmed and showcasing their work.

Art Gallery

Northern Alliance
Sainsbury's School Games Gold Mark
Leading Parent Partnership Award
Rochdale REAL Trust
5 Star Hygiene Rating
Healthy School Award 2016
Eco school bronze award
School Council Award, Rochdale
Arts Council England Silver Award
SSAT Primary Network
Rights Respecting Logo
Diana Award
Rainbow Flag Skilled Teacher
Rights Respecting Silver Logo
E-Safety Award
ICT Mark Accredited
Reading Silver
School Gold
IQM Centre of Excellence Award
Badge School Status
School Games 19/20
Nace 2021-2024

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