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Nottingham Primary Academy



At Nottingham Academy we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education, with children having the opportunity to develop a range of skills and knowledge throughout their art journey in school, allowing children to discover a lifelong interest and talent in this area. The art curriculum will develop children’s artistic abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists. 
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, space, texture, colour, value, shape, form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential. Strong cross curricular links have been made to ensure children have the opportunity to apply knowledge and deepen understanding through the context of art.  

Substantive and disciplinary knowledge

Substantive knowledge is the development of the formal elements (line, space, texture, shape, colour, form, value) by introducing and experiencing a wide range of media, using associated key vocabulary and knowing the work and techniques of a wide range of artists, craftspeople and designers. The children will work through a range of disciplines: drawing, painting, printing, texture, collage, 3D work and digital art in order to explore the 7 elements. Substantive knowledge is also the knowledge of known artists, their style and period of art. 

Disciplinary knowledge is creatively thinking of possibilities, making comparisons, questioning and critiquing, reaching judgements, addressing challenges and reflecting on the impact of works of Art and Design produced independently, collectively and by others. Children will also be expected to present outcomes verbally and in written form.