Art at Bishop Bronescombe

Miss Laura Easlick

Art and Design Lead


What do we want for our pupils?

At Bishop Bronescombe, we provide a loving and caring environment that ensures every child has the opportunity to reach their full potential. We are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and design and believe that every child within our school should have full access to the Art provision as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability. The intent of our Art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form.


How will Art and Design be implemented?

Our whole school curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills in art using a range of media and materials. Children have the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas developing skills in drawing, painting, printing, collage, 3D work and digital art. Children study a range of works by famous artists, architects and designers to develop knowledge of styles this achieve through cross-curricular opportunities in the classroom. The children in KS2 have a sketchbook that follows them through the school to show progression. Art is displayed to motivate and inspire others and to celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class.


How will Art and Design impact pupils?

Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work.  

In Art, children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection.


What key aspects of learning will pupils have encountered and understood?

Early Years Foundation Stage: Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities; explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials; Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects; Use different media and materials to express their own ideas; explore colour and use for a particular purpose; Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately; select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary.     

Key stage 1: Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products; to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination; to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space; about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.    


Key stage 2: Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design; to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas; to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay] about great artists, architects and designers in history.


What will pupils experience?

Throughout their time at Bishop Bronescombe, children will produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. They will have the opportunities to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, as well as evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. During each year, children will learn about great artists, craft makers and designers, and develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms.


Beyond Our Curriculum

At Bishop Bronescombe, we encourage to include our art skills within all areas of the curriculum. Throughout the year, we also create several art pieces linked to the wider world. These include: marking Armistice Day annually, Christmas Card Art competition, National Art Week, Christmas Arts and Crafts day, Wild Tribe outdoor learning.