If you are considering using AccessArt as a scheme, or looking to use our resources to support your existing planning, then we hope this simple step by step guide will help you get started. Download the PDF version here.
How you Might Use AccessArt in Your School
There are two main ways teachers of children age 5 to 11 use AccessArt.
The first way is to use us a fully flexible and adaptable scheme – the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum. The scheme consists of 36 pathways for Years 1 to 6 plus EYFS. It has been designed to enable you to deliver a rich, engaging and relevant curriculum which enables all pupils and teachers to develop their skills and understanding through an inspirational approach.
The second way schools use AccessArt is to support and extend your existing planning, or to help further develop a particular area of exploration (eg sketchbooks) or deliver a specific project.
Follow the steps below to better understand how AccessArt can help deliver an exciting art curriculum in your school.
Step 1: Ensure our Intent Matches your Intent
If you are interested in following the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum as an art scheme in your school, it’s important that you understand the philosophy and intent behind our work, to ensure that it matches and informs your own understanding and practice of how best to teach art in your school.
There are many ways to teach art, and there is no “right or wrong” approach. To help you understand more about our approach, and to help you decide if the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum is a good fit for your school, please visit this page.
You might like to join the AccessArt Network Facebook Group to network with other teachers using AccessArt resources in their school.
See our map of schools using AccessArt.
To access all our resources, including the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum and supporting documents, join AccessArt. If you would like a 7 day complimentary membership to look around pls email email@example.com, or join as a single user and cancel within 30 days for no charge.
Step 2: Adapting the Curriculum to Suit your School
A key aim behind our new Primary Art Curriculum is to ensure that our resources are flexible enough to suit all schools, whatever your size or structure. The smallest school using the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum has just 13 pupils – the largest are multi-form entry schools.
The main versions of the Curriculum appear below, and you can find more information about adapting our resources to suit your school below.
Step 3: Introducing the AccessArt Primary Art Curriculum to your Staff
It’s vital that staff understand how AccessArt works so we have created a number of videos which you can share with staff at a meeting to help introduce them to AccessArt.
Start your AccessArt journey by watching one of the Introductions to the AccessArt Curriculum. You can also find videos explaining our approach to knowledge and skills within the curriculum, progression, assessment and teacher growth.
Step 4: Using our Resources to Support your Existing Planning
It might be that you already have existing planning in place that you have created internally, or that you follow another scheme, but that you would like to develop certain aspects of your offer, or would like to improve skills in a certain area.
AccessArt can help – many schools use us as a cost effective and inspirational way to develop their approach, skills and opportunities for staff and pupils.
If you use another scheme, or you have your own internal planning, then remember that lots of schools use AccessArt’s evolving collection of over 1500 resources to extend their learning.
Explore our Drawing Journey to promote drawing in your school.
Explore our extensive Sketchbook resources.
Step 6: Share your Outcomes
Organise an exhibition at school and invite staff and teachers in nearby schools to celebrate your AccessArt journey and see your outcomes.