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At Byker Primary School, we are passionate about the arts and our art curriculum reflects this in its approach to the teaching and learning in the subject. Our aim is to enable children to communicate through the arts, giving children a voice through self-expression and individual creativity. Our art curriculum is designed in a way that enables children to think, work and communicate like an artist. As a school, we are ambitious in our approach to teaching art by allowing children an opportunity to acquire and develop knowledge and skills associated with art and represent their learning during the creative process.

Art can be a very personal experience, and our art curriculum is designed to embody our school values and the drivers that underpin our learning throughout the school. We use our school drivers to ensure our children, and their community, are represented in our art curriculum by;

Understanding our place in the world

Art has been used across the world as a means of communication before language began. Children at Byker Primary School are taught from the very start of their education that every child can be an artist, and that their artwork can have an impact in the wider world. Children will learn about local artists and those artists whose work has spanned generations and is considered important to this date.

Aspiring to achieve

The creative arts are an integral part of our society and our countries economy. Children understand that the knowledge and skills they acquire through our art curriculum can lead to job opportunities and successful careers in the industry. Children know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Broadening horizons

Art is an integral part of developing a child’s creativity and self-expression. It can be a way to communicate their own understanding about the world around them. Each piece of artwork that a child creates can inspire questions and answers, emotions and response. Children are not bound by any one discipline and can explore ways of creating truly unique pieces of artwork that highlights their learning.

Throughout their work in art, children will develop a sense of themselves as an artist, and begin to learn about other artists and their message to the wider world.