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Sowing seeds of success: Growing courageous learners

Growing Courageous Learners.




  • At Sowerby Primary Academy we offer an inclusive art curriculum, enabling all children to express their creativity in a range of disciplines and media.
  • This curriculum is based on The EYFS Framework, National Curriculum and Elevate Progression Model, with a focus on drawing, painting and sculpture.
  • It also aims to develop both critical thinking and cultural understanding, where children are encouraged to explore and evaluate artworks created by a diverse range of artists, both contemporary and historic. They will be taught to articulate and communicate their ideas effectively using a range of art-based vocabulary.
  • All pupils will be taught the knowledge and skills in a progressive fashion, in order to produce their own works of art with increasing proficiency.
  • They will have opportunities to work collaboratively with others, as well as alone. They will develop their ideas, becoming confident artists appreciating the diverse beauty of the world around them, hopefully gaining a lifelong appreciation of the arts.  


High Quality Teaching and Learning


Our carefully designed art curriculum is delivered through high quality teaching and learning experiences. Our progressive lessons are purposeful, engaging and inclusive.

At Sowerby we ensure that: 

  • Teaching staff have the required knowledge and skills, enabling them to model tasks, talk through their thinking processes, and guide pupils effectively.
  • Lessons are well-planned with a balance between knowledge, skills and technique application. Children are given time to practice and experiment with tools, media and methods in order to apply them successfully in a project.
  • Lessons in key stage one and two follow the 7 key Elements of Art: line, shape, form, tone, colour, texture and pattern.
  • High quality materials are provided for the children to use.
  • The curriculum is embedded with opportunities for personal expression and creativity.
  • The pupils’ artistic development is well-supported with clear instructions, individual attention and constructive feedback.
  • Cross-curricular links are made so that children understand how art has made an impact in so many areas, such as history and religion, and how it has also been the inspiration for artistic expression by individuals and communities.


Broad and Balanced curriculum


Our Art curriculum offers a wide range of artistic experiences to Sowerby’s pupils and is organised in a 2 year rolling programme which ensures progression of both knowledge and skills across each year group.  It has been carefully designed to ensure that within each year (Year A and B) there is a balance of art types. We carefully select this variety of art-forms to study with an “Art Hero” as our starting point. Our curriculum includes:

  • Drawing (pencil, charcoal, pastel, pen etc), painting (poster, acrylic, water-colour etc), sculpture (clay, card, wire, plaster, etc), mixed media (textile, collage, natural objects, photography, printing etc).
  • Opportunities to study “Art Heros” from all over the world and from different cultures, heritages and periods of history.
  • The exploration of different art movements such as Renaissance, Pre-Raphaelite, Surrealism, Pop and Graffiti.
  • A new art focus unit each half-term, consisting of a progression of weekly art lesson of at least an hour.
  • Each child is provided with a sketch book with which to record their ideas, skill development and artistic final pieces. This moves through the school with them as a record of their achievements. Each half-termly unit is preceded by a knowledge organiser which the children may refer to.


Enrichment Opportunities


We further promote and enhance our art curriculum with enrichment opportunities. This also encourages pupils’ interaction with the wider art community. These take the form of:

  • Celebration of World Art Day with a whole-school themed project.
  • Participation in art competitions, exhibitions and community projects.
  • Showcasing children’s work.
  • Collaborations with creative professionals and local artists.

Promoting Cultural Understanding


An important aim of our Art curriculum is to develop the respect and understanding of cultural diversity. We do this by:

  • Introducing a diverse range of artists and art forms, which celebrate cultural diversity and equality.
  • Encourage pupils to investigate social, personal and environmental issues through artwork.
  • Discuss how art has an impact on culture, society and history.