Our curriculum is designed to equip the children with lifelong skills and experiences that express their creativity in a range of visual forms. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination, whilst giving the child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially.
We will implement this curriculum by exposing the children to a range of techniques and media enhancing their creativity. We believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum areas.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), the children will be exposed to direct skills-based teaching linked to texts or themes of their interests. They will be working towards Early Learning Goals (ELG):
- Exploration of media and materials
- Being imaginative
In Key Stage 1, the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers.
In Key Stage 2, the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
The impact of this art curriculum will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books. To show progression, sketch books are passed on with the child to the next year group. Assessment is also carried out through finished pieces, displays and photographic evidence. A level of ability and attitude to Art sessions is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.