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 offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. We strive to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Pupils have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Art allows our pupils to cultivate the learning behaviours of curiosity and, creativity by enabling them 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. Pupils will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. They will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers.
Pupils will also develop their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for pupils to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.
Each unit of learning will have an overview, an end of unit assessment activity and additional resources to give the teacher and TAs the confidence in progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. Each year group focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons we have suggested develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. We undertake to create opportunities to link the curriculum across subjects.
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.
Core knowledge, skills and art history are re-visited over time so that the learning has depth. Pupils should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We have suggested a specific series of lessons for each year group, which will offer structure and narrative. They are by no means to be used exclusively but can be used to support planning.
Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All pupils use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Pupils improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world.
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.
Pupils will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. They show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All pupils in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.