The “Split” AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum

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The AccessArt “Split” Primary Art Curriculum has been devised for schools who currently teach art half the time (usually splitting the timetable with DT). 

Please note that AccessArt provides only the Art element, not the DT element. 

See other versions of the AccessArt Primary Curriculum and supporting documentation here. 

If you have any queries pls email info@accessart.org.uk

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Tailoring the Split Curriculum

The AccessArt Split Curriculum offers you choices about which pathways to include. Watch the video to understand more about how the split curriculum is structured and how to adapt it to suit your school. 

Find an editable word version of the AccessArt Split Curriculum here. 

Areas of Focus: Each pathway is bordered by a colour. These colours correspond to the area of focus of that pathway.

Drawing & Sketchbooks

Surface & Colour

Working in Three Dimensions

Year 1

autumn term

Using drawing, collage and mark-making to explore spirals. Introducing sketchbooks. See the Pathway

Explore simple ways to make a print. Use line, shape, colour and texture to explore pattern, sequencing and symmetry. See the Pathway

Or...

Exploring watercolour and discovering we can use accidental marks to help us make art. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how artists make art inspired by flora and fauna. Make collages of MiniBeasts and display as a shared artwork. See the Pathway

summer term

Exploring materials and intention through a playful approach. See the Pathway

Or...

Sculptural project beginning with making drawings from observation, exploring media, and transforming the drawings from 2d to 3d to make a bird. See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

Year 2

Introducing the idea that artists can be collectors & explorers as they develop drawing and composition skills. See the Pathway

Using a simple mono print technique to develop drawing skills, encourage experimentation and ownership. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how painters sometimes use paint in an expressive and gestural way. Explore colour mixing and experimental mark making to create abstract still lifes. See the Pathway

Exploring architecture and creating architectural models. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how you can transform a familiar object into new and fun forms. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how we can make art inspired by the sounds we hear. See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

Year 3

Making loose, gestural drawings with charcoal, and exploring drama and performance. See the Pathway

“Painting with Scissors”: Collage and stencil in response to looking at artwork. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how artists combine media to create work in response to landscape. Use acrylic and thread to make a painted and stitched piece. See the Pathway

Explore how artists are inspired by other art forms – in this case how we make sculpture inspired by literature and film. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how to create simple moving drawings by making paper “puppets” and animate them using tablets. See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

Year 4

Explore how artists create sequenced drawings to share and tell stories. Create accordian books or comic strips to retell poetry or prose through drawing. See the Pathway

Exploring how we can use colour, line and shape to create patterns, including repeating patterns. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore artists working with the genre of still life, contemporary and more traditional. Create your own still life inspired art work. See the Pathway

Explore how the way we display our work can affect the way it is seen. See the Pathway

Or...

What can artists learn from nature? See the Pathway

Or...

How might we use food and art to bring us together? See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

Year 5

Exploring how we can create typography through drawing and design, and use our skills to create personal and highly visual maps. See the Pathway

Combine the monotype process with painting and collage to make visual poetry zines. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how artists use a variety of media to capture spirit of the place. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore contemporary fashion designers and create your own 2d or 3d fashion design working to a brief. See the Pathway

summer term

Explore creating a model set for theatre or animation inspired by poetry, prose, film or music. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore the responsibilities architects have to design us a better world. Make your own architectural model. See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

Year 6

Explore how 2D drawings can be transformed to 3D objects. Work towards a sculptural outcome or a graphic design outcome. See the Pathway

spring term

Explore how artists use their skills to speak on behalf of communities. Make art about things you care about. See the Pathway

Or...

Discover how artists use layers and juxtaposition to create artwork which explores identity. Make your own layered portrait. See the Pathway

summer term

Exploring how artists
use light, form and colour to create immersive environments. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how craftspeople and designers bring personality to their work. See the Pathway

Or...

Explore how traditional and contemporary artists use cutouts and shadow puppets. See the Pathway

During "non-art" half Terms

We recommend teachers continue with simple drawing exercises through the half terms when you are focussing on DT. Even 2 x 10 minutes a week will help ensure the continuation of sketchbook and drawing skill development. Find exercises here

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