An Oxton St Saviour's Artist

An Oxton St Saviour's Artist



Oxton St Saviour’s CE Aided Primary School understands that art helps to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Our school is committed to encouraging pupils’ curiosity and creativity, allowing them to think critically and develop a thorough understanding of art and its place in the world, including how it reflects our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

By teaching art, we aim to ensure pupils:

  • Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
  • Become proficient in drawing and painting, sculpture and other art techniques.
  • Can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art.
  • Know about great artists and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
  • Enjoy an active involvement in art.
  • Have the confidence and skills to communicate their ideas through their artwork.
  • Have opportunities to experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these.
  • Become visually literate and able to identify and apply the key elements of art.
  • Are given equal access to the experience of art, regardless of their gender, race or disability.



Throughout their time at Oxton St Saviour’s Primary School, the children are given a range of opportunities to explore a wide variety of materials and techniques, developing their skills and thinking as young artists, using the ‘Access Art’ scheme to form the basis of our Art and Design curriculum.

The curriculum is progressive and so allows the children to build on skills, knowledge and techniques year on year. Throughout each pathway, the children build on previous understanding through six areas of content: Drawing and sketchbooks, Print, colour, collage, working in three dimensions, Paint, surface, texture and collaboration and community. Various media types are explored within each pathway to give the widest possible range of experiences for all children. The materials and media used are revisited throughout units and year groups to ensure progression of skills previously developed.

Each pathway follows a particular format which promotes excellent teaching & learning:

 -Warm-up: Artists: Activity: Crit / Reflection

- Artists: Materials: Activity: Crit / Reflection

- Challenge or Brief: Artist: Activity: Crit / Reflection

Pathways aim to connect Pedagogy-based resources and activity-based resources on Access Art, together with external links to websites which explore chosen artists/themes, to form a flexible structure which teachers can navigate easily. Pathways follow tested pedagogical approaches and help build teacher understanding in addition to providing progressive projects.



Through following a clear and comprehensive scheme of work ‘Access Art’ which is in line with the National Curriculum, it expected that teaching and learning will show progression across all key stages within the strands of Art. Subsequently, more children will achieve age related expectations in Art at the end of their cohort year and Key Stage.

It is our aim that children will retain knowledge and skills taught within each unit of work, remember these and understand how to use and apply these in their own art work, whilst beginning to understand what being in ‘artist’ means.

We are able to measure the impact that Art and Design has had for all children by:

  • Determining the extent to which objectives are met within each lesson and overall, at the end of each unit.
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images of the children’s practical learning.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Annual reporting to the parents.

By the time children leave our school, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and respond critically to their own and other’s work.



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