Children naturally love Art like drawing and painting. Learning art helps children to think creatively, with an open mind. This helps children to observe, describe and express their feeling with or without words.
Art introduces children to cultures from around the world and to a variety of different artists. It builds confidence and celebrates difference because there is not just one right way to do it, every child is free to express their feelings and feel proud of their original artistic creations.
- We aim to deliver an enriching art curriculum with the highest standards and expectations which empowers our pupils to celebrate their uniqueness.
- Our children’s world is rich in imagery and as we develop the whole person, we encourage them to seek and find meaning, action and response to the world they continually explore.
- At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery we encourage our children to explore Art as a tool to develop their understanding of the whole curriculum through Visual literacy, creativity in RE, Maths and science.
- Art allows our pupils to cultivate the learning behaviours of curiosity and, creativity by enabling our pupils to critically engage with the world as they find it and make connections, to the national and global contexts they live in.
- Our rich and varied art curriculum gives our pupils the opportunities to explore a variety of artistic processes and techniques, this develops their fine motor skills as well as critical thinking and evaluation.
- We celebrate our pupil’s success by exhibiting their work using high quality display. This allows them to take pride in their work and enables them to see inspiration by continually engaging with their environment both indoors and outdoors in the garden.
- They feel that their artistic endeavours are valued by the whole community therefore enabling them to understand the impact and contribution art makes to our diverse cultures today.
- The curriculum offer is broad and balanced, driven by key knowledge that we want children to acquire.
- Core knowledge, skills and art history are re-visited over time so that learning goes deeper.
- We undertake to create opportunities to link the curriculum across subjects. Art is used in most subjects to enrich the visual literacy throughout the EYFS and KS1.
- Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They are encouraged to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination across the curriculum.
- Skills are developed by using a sequenced journey of art and design techniques in colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space through RE, Art, English and foundation subjects’ pupils may learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers.
- In art they will develop evaluation skills and critical thinking further by, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
The impact of our art curriculum is measured as follows:
- Learning reviews,
- Outcome assessment – evaluation of children’s final pieces,
Pupil voice (ability to express verbally their knowledge, response to art teaching, ideas and links to wider society).