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Art at Hillcrest 


Our Art curriculum is designed to develop a life-long enjoyment of art. We do this by helping pupils to develop their own artistic skills and appreciate the creativity of others. Our curriculum offers pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of artists and their techniques, from a diverse range of cultures, before expressing their own ideas and creating their own artwork. Art lessons across the school are taught following the Kapow scheme of work. 


In our Art and design skills and Formal elements of art units, children have the opportunity to learn and practise skills discretely. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.


Our chosen Art and Design curriculum develops pupil’s knowledge and understanding of key artists and art movements through the ‘Every picture tells a story’ units and links to artists through practical work. The units fully scaffold and support essential and age-appropriate sequenced learning and we are able to adapt these as appropriate during our themed weeks. We encourage creative and independent outcomes which allow children to make their own creative choices and decisions, so that their art outcomes, whilst still being knowledge-rich, are unique to the child and personal.