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Art at London Fields Primary School

The Art curriculum at London Fields has been designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. It aims to provide the pupils with opportunities to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Over the course of two years the pupils at London Fields enjoy six units of learning (one per half term). These units of learning focus on developing the pupils’ skills and knowledge in:

  • sketching and painting
  • printing
  • textiles
  • sculpture
  • collage
  • digital media

Having a clear focus for each unit, combined with high quality teacher training prior to each Art week, contributes to the high standards of teaching and learning. The key areas of Art are revisited annually to develop and consolidate the pupils’ skills and knowledge in a range of art, craft and design techniques. By the end of Key Stage 2 all pupils are proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and other craft and design techniques. 

In order to develop pupils’ critical eye and appreciation of Art, pupils discover and learn about great artists, architects and designers in history and develop their understanding of the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Through discussions, self and peer assessments, pupils develop their ability to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and make links to their own work.

During Art week, pupils are given the opportunity to produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences. They also develop their skills and knowledge to enable them to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. The art work produced is often inspired by their topic work and cross curricular links are planned, to enrich the pupils’ learning in other subject areas.  Likewise, the skills and knowledge taught during the teaching of art are transferred and used in other subjects, helping to provide a more creative curriculum.  

Links to the local and wider community have helped develop pupils’ enthusiasm and appreciation of art. Trips are regularly planned to art galleries, museums and interesting locations where pupils can take their sketch books and gather ideas and inspiration.

Pupils’ art work has been displayed in places such as HSBC Canary Wharf, local shops as well as being reported in local newspapers. The teachers at London Fields are always open to working with others in the community, to help raise the profile of art and standards in this subject. We are also fortunate to have specialist art teachers who visit the school to lead both short and long term projects, working with different groups of pupils. 

Above all, the teaching of Art at London Fields is full of enthusiasm and love for the subject. Our Art learning has always been highly successful and pupils are extremely proud of their attainment and progress.

After every Art week, the pupils’ work can be found on the school website, curriculum booklet, or displayed in an annual art exhibition, showcasing art work from across the school. Exhibition dates can be found on the school website.


Our Art Vocabulary

At London Fields, we know that a good understanding of a wide range of vocabulary supports success across the whole national curriculum. We have identified ‘core’ words that the children will meet in different subjects and in different topics. These words will be revisited and taught in different contexts so that the children develop a deep understanding of their meaning and they become tools with which children can access the knowledge, skills and understanding the curriculum demands.  Obviously, these are not the only words we will teach. But they will form a backbone through our curriculum to help to scaffold and develop the children’s learning.