We believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female 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, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge and our newly introduced knowledge organisers, ensure that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, including humanities, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements.
A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. The school’s art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
End of year assessments are completed by class teachers, in line with the expectations outlined in the national curriculum. Classroom and corridor displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. Particularly popular with both children and parents, are elements of art and design explored and used in homework projects. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and design, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environments