At ACPS, we aim to create Artists. We want children to be confident and creative, to have developed skills across a range of media, together with the independence and enthusiasm to make artwork of their own. Through our close proximity to London, we aim to foster children’s enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts. Children should have a knowledge of art history, to be able to recognise key artwork, styles and to have the vocabulary with which to discuss and evaluate them. We aim for children to be increasingly aware of significant artists and crafts people who have shaped history and culture.
Our curriculum at Archdeacon Cambridge’s CE Primary School provides the children with opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills to explore, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The curriculum units, based on the skills progression developed by school staff, provide an exciting context for children to develop their artistic skills and knowledge of great artists. As the children move through the school, they are supported to build on these skills within Art and Design lessons. Their development is also supported by opportunities to participate in extra-curricular clubs, visits to art galleries and to work alongside visiting artists. Every year children have opportunities to participate in local Art competitions such as the Fourth Plinth School’s Award or the Richmond in Bloom Poster Competition.
The skills the children will develop as they move through the school are outlined in our Art Skills Progression below.