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Eskdale Junior School

Think like an ... Artist!


 Our curriculum is underpinned by our five core values, supporting pupils' academic and personal development, making learning and knowledge gain meaningful, developing pupils’ character and preparing them to be successful Eskdalers now and into the future. We achieve this by introducing pupils to the idea of our ‘Think like a..’ approach to their learning, enabling them to become a little more ‘expert’.

 ‘Think like a…’, including talk, write and read like an Artist is central to pupils' learning and designed to develop pupil oracy and vocabulary skills to enable them to use artistic language meaningfully when talking about Art.

 When reading like an Artist, pupils have opportunities to read across the curriculum to support the knowledge and vocabulary to be gained in the subject of Art.

 When Thinking like an Artist, pupils will acquire knowledge, and enable them to skilfully attempt and apply their understanding. The Art curriculum is organised into a particular set of artistic disciplines, including drawing, painting, printmaking, textiles, 3D and collage-pupils can revisit key disciplines throughout their Primary journey at increasing degrees of challenge and complexity.

 In addition to the substantive knowledge required to be successful within each discipline, pupils will be taught knowledge and skills within the key concepts of artistic development: Shape, Line, Colour, Value, Form, Texture and Space.

 To ensure that pupils are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design, Art is taught through the school’s process model:

  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers
  • exploring their ideas and recording their experiences-becoming proficient in art, craft and design techniques
  • applying knowledge, skills and techniques to construct a final response

The teaching of Art is delivered through our method of teaching (pedagogy) incorporates meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain the learning of knowledge. This is typically applied by:

  • Activating Prior Knowledge
  • Small step teaching delivery
  • Independent practice
  • Feedback


How we adapt the Art Curriculum for SEND Pupils

As part of our quality first approach to teaching, we use a range of strategies to support SEND pupils to access the Art curriculum. The document below details examples of the adaptations that are made to support pupils in class.