Our Vision :

At Bewick Bridge we aim to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to produce creative, imaginative work by fostering an open-ended exploration of creativity as they are encouraged to take creative risks and to learn from the journey, rather than head towards a pre-defined end result. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, in a safe and nurturing environment.

Children will develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will ensure they have the skills and knoledge to meet the needs of the national curriculum. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Children will become confident and proficient in different art forms, drawing, painting, sculpting, printmaking and working with textiles, as basic skills are introduced and then built upon. Skills are revisited and the use of ongoing sketchbook work underpins this process.

Children will explore the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas as they expand their knowledge of artists from different periods of time and cultures alongside designers and craft makers.

How we plan for and teach art

We plan 6 units of Art per year, 1 in each half term. A curriculum map has been developed that ensures that each child will get to experience each of the main art forms: painting, drawing, textiles, 3D modeling and printing through a rich and progressive spiral of art activities each year, enabling them to build on their skills as they progress through the school. Most of our art units are linked to the topic work or science units to develop cross curricular links. However, this is not essential and we are guided more by the progression of skills and knowledge than by the links to other subjects. Our Year 6 program is slightly different as our Year 6 children take part in a long term project with the Young Person's Puppet Theatre. This is a multi disciplinary project involving puppet making, scrip writing, stage design and puppet performances.

We make use of high quality resources, and have a dedicated Art Room to support the teaching of the subject. To support our art lessons, whenever possible, we utilise local and national artists through online meetings with them and through our special curriculum days where artists are invited in to work alongside the children.

A selection of children's work from each year group displayed in our School Art Gallery. The display is changed termly and reflects the high standard, range and progression of work taking place in art lessons.

How we evaluate learning in art

At Bewick Bridge, we assess children into 3 groups: exceeding expectations; meeting expectations; or developing expectations. Teachers assess children at the end of each unit, according to the National Curriculum. The children are encouraged at the end of each unit to evaluate their own and others’ work, suggesting steps for improvement.

A selection of children's work from each year group displayed in our School Art Gallery. The display is changed termly and reflects the high standard and range of work taking place in art lessons.

Children enjoying their art lesson in our dedicated Art Room

Our Keith Haring Drawing Area with mural painted by the Art Club

Cutouts in the style of Matise inspired by the circus visiting school

Some of our children's work

Year 2 printing inspired by Kandinsky

Year 4 collage portrait inspired by Giuseppe Arcimboldo

Year 5 textiles inspired by Karen Rose

Year 4 pastel drawing inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

Art Curriculum Overview

Bewick Bridge Art curriculum Overview Web page

Knowledge and Skills Progression in Art

Copy of Bewick Bridge Art Skills and Knowledge Progression

Vocabulary Progression in Art

Copy of Cumulative Vocabulary Progression in Art
Copy of Recovery Curriculum 2021-2022- Art