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Rivers Primary Academy, Livingstone Road, Blakenall, Walsall, WS3 1LY
Part of Windsor Academy Trust
Year 4 Painting Inspired by Vincent Van Gogh

Art and Design

At Rivers Primary Academy, we are artists!

We want our pupils to love art and we inspire them to aspire to be illustrators, graphic designers, curators, architects or printmakers. We want our pupils to remember their art lessons and embrace the artistic opportunities they are presented with. Our art curriculum forms part of the WAT ASPIRE curriculum: Our Aspirations are our possibilities - believe you can and you will!


Our curriculum develops pupils’ aspirations so that they strive to be the best that they can be. The art curriculum empowers children to think creatively and critically, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to participate in, experiment with, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We aim to enrich our students’ time in our school with memorable experiences.


The art curriculum has been designed to ensure that pupils achieve the key concepts that underpin learning in each key stage. Formal elements of art are taught and revisited across the school ensuring progression and repetition in terms of embedding key learning, knowledge and skills. These are mapped out with threshold concepts. Knowledge organisers identify key knowledge and help pupils with remembering more.  


We aim for all of our children to leave Rivers Primary equipped with the art skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at KS3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. Cumulative quizzes inform the teacher about the impact of the current learning and demonstrate pupils’ retention of previous knowledge. Reviews in art include work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice. All of this information is gathered and reviewed. It is used to inform further curriculum developments and provision is adapted accordingly.

What our children say:

'I like Art because it’s fun. I liked learning about Henri Matisse and his life.'

'I’m really proud of my artwork. I mixed different colours to make a brighter purple and improved my painting by filling my paper with colour.'

'When I grow older, I’d like to become an artist. I liked learning how to draw plants and leaves and using proper ink to print.'

'I experimented with different brush sizes to add detail to my artwork. I used watercolours and added more water to reduce the vibrancy of the colour.'