Introduction to Art and Design
“Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Theme Weeks, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art, throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.”
Quote from the National Curriculum 2014
At St Edward’s Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at St. Edward’s Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and ensures a well structured approach to this creative subject and is primarily linked to topics in both KS1 and KS2 wherever possible, using our Creative Curriculum approach to teaching. Art is assessed and developed through the use of Formative Assessment, which has been developed by the Art Lead, and ensures progression throughout the Key Stages. Across the key stages, we use a range of teaching and learning styles to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in Art.
We provide a range of learning experiences for our pupils through class visits and out of school learning is important to our staff, ensuring that children’s learning is stimulating, real and relevant. The local area is also fully utilised to achieve the desired outcomes, with extensive opportunities for learning outside the classroom embedded in practice. Within our knowledge-rich approach, there is a strong emphasis on people and the community of our local area.
The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) follows the ‘Development Matters in the EYFS’ guidance which aims for all children in reception to have an ‘Expressive Arts & Design and Understanding of the World; people and communities, the world and technology’ by the end of the academic year.
The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning.
The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to 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.
Pupils are taught:
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Outcomes in sketch books evidence a broad and balanced art curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge. Our overarching aim is that we enrich children with an Art curriculum that excites and motivates our pupils.
The formative assessment system sets out steps so that pupils reach or exceed the end of key stage expectations; judges whether pupils are on track to meet end of key stage expectations; pinpoints aspects of the curriculum where pupils are falling behind and recognises exceptional performance. It supports planning and teaching for all pupils, reports to parents and, where pupils move to other schools, provides clear information about each pupil’s strengths, weaknesses and progress.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Early Excellence tracker system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.
National Curriculum 2014
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and
design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
After our success in Artsmark Gold we will be applying for the new Artsmark Accreditation to celebrate the Arts Culture of St Edward’s. This project will begin in the next academic year.
Watch this space for more information.
To find out more about the Arts Curriculum, please see the links below.