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Sporle Primary Academy

Art and Design


Art plays an important part in developing not only our children’s creativity but also their ability to express their ideas and understanding, working both individually and collaboratively with others. At the Nar Valley Federation, each teacher plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children can develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Exhibition, to which all children contribute, focusing on a skill or aspect of Art. We have a link with a local art gallery/theatre where the children contribute to an exhibition each December and have the opportunity to view exhibitions and discuss artists' and sculptors' work. Artists, photographers and designers visit our schools to discuss their work, explain techniques and provide an opportunity for children to participate and learn new skills. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within their own lives and can reach their full potential.


At the Nar Valley Federation, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Our art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists from all over the world. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. We will enable this through lessons that build up skills over a half-term, recording these steps in their sketchbooks with the aim of producing a final piece of artwork, that can be evaluated by them, their peers and their teacher alongside how an artist may have influenced their own style. By doing so, pupils will acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines and skills taught, accessing inspiration from artists, sculptors and craft makers throughout history and to the present day.

Spirituality in our Curriculum
Through Art and Design at the Nar Valley Federation, we enable spiritual development through awe and wonder. We provide space for children to appreciate, question and respond to a wealth of artists and their work, with many different social, historical and geographical backgrounds. We want our children at the Nar Valley Federation to be inspired, think deeper and create an emotional connection to artists and their work;  for example, Dindga McCannon’s ‘Mandela’s Mandala’ 2014.