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Art and design resources for Primary teachers

Discussion in 'Primary' started by jmj6000, Nov 1, 2017.

  1. jmj6000

    jmj6000 New commenter

    Hello, I'm a secondary Art teacher who has recently left her post this summer.

    I realise that Art is not generally 'top priority' in Primary schools, but as I now have a bit more time on my hands I was wondering what kinds of Art schemes of work, lesson plans and teaching resources would be useful to Primary teachers, if at all, should you not have the time to create them yourself?

    Thank you.
  2. chowatson

    chowatson New commenter

    As a Year 6 teacher, I find that DT is harder to resource than Art. But in terms of Art specifically, it would be helpful to know what skills you as a secondary school Art teacher would want their Year 7s to have as a foundation; the Art Curriculum is very basic in terms of information and I'm never sure exactly what I should be teaching (outside of using charcoal/paint/pencil etc)! I'm not arty at all (come from a computing background) so a breakdown of skills would be extremely helpful.
  3. Piscean1

    Piscean1 Occasional commenter

    A breakdown of skills definitely but maybe also some sample plans showing how to develop these skills.

    Projects based around artists.

    Videos modelling skills and talking through. Key terms glossary with examples would also be useful.
    jmj6000, chowatson and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  4. Paulryle

    Paulryle New commenter

    Hallo there,
    The best art planning document I have ever seen is the Suffolk Scheme of art. A simple set of plans with examples of the artist and children's work to guide you, it gives a firm structure on how to approach art if you are a non-artist, and has plenty of flexibility to use different artists within the same planning structure as appropriate. It was devised I think in 2005, with units for each year group from 1 -6, covering six areas - drawing, painting, collage, printing, 3d and textiles - 36 half-termly plans altogether - it was also endorsed by the powers that be during the introduction of the new curriculum. I give it to all my NQTs and teachers joining the school, and really do rate it.£35 well spent I should say - have a look at this link.
    Cheers, P

  5. jmj6000

    jmj6000 New commenter

    Thank you for your replies. Having had a lot of experience teaching Art to Year 7, the main thing I notice is how broad the experience, confidence and skills are in the students coming to Art lessons. It is very dependent on their primary school experience. Some students have barely pursued Art lessons/activities in Year 6, or before; and some are more used to regular Art studies/practice. It seems to be down to what the school's priorities, time and resources are; and also how Art-minded/specialist their teachers have been. Most students, in my many years of experience, are generally surprised to have regular Art lessons and enjoy seeing their skills advance quite quickly. Some are amazed to have regular Art lessons in their timetable.
  6. jmj6000

    jmj6000 New commenter

    chowatson, it sounds as if you're doing good work in giving the students a range of media to experience, which is what they will pursue throughout secondary school. Anything that increases students' experience of different media will build confidence, even if they don't like everything they do. Drawing practise, copying pictures such as detailed cartoons or illustrations, will help build skills and confidence. Writing about paintings/scultures is also something they do a lot in Year 7 and above, and it is surprising how difficult most find this, yet some 'fly' with it - again dependent on primary experience and confidence.
  7. jmj6000

    jmj6000 New commenter

    *apologies for over-use of 'confidence!'

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