Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their ideas and skills using a range of media and materials. Children will learn the skills of drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, print, textile and digital media, and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists.
The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing geometrical and repeating patterns and designs, and thinking about 3D shape to support sculptures.
It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving and developing their ideas. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
The Subject Leader uses the LTP to plan projects for Year groups using S-plans. The S-plan is then used to plan and deliver high quality lesson for each year by the HTLP for Art (Francesca McGlone).
As part of this planning process, the following is taken into account: the knowledge, skills and vocabulary all children must master; a cycle of lessons for each project, which carefully plans for progression and depth; trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes; A celebration of learning in Art for each term which demonstrates progression across the school and appreciation for its significance in current world matters; pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
By the end of the academic year 19/20 we would expect the children to be able to clearly identify and explain the variety of objectives that they will have been exposed to over the course of the year – this should include knowledge about national and international issues and how they may affect the local community in the future.
Termly assessments will be completed by the HTLP for Art (Francesca McGlone). Assessments made will be based on work in Sketchbooks and practical activities (recorded on Earwig). The subject leader will moderate assessment judgements each term – this will include moderating evidence uploaded to Earwig and work in Sketchbooks. All year groups follow the Chris Quigley’s ‘Essentials Curriculum’.
It is important that the children’s voice, thought and opinions are listened to and accepted for the differences during every Art session. A lot of the time the children are leading the learning about the objective with their discussions, therefore it is important to think about and prepare for many different situations and outcomes, may they occur during the delivery of the session.