In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for art, our art curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise the potential of all of our pupils. Art is a fantastic way for all children of all ages to express themselves, be creative and to explore. We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness. Most importantly, we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued.
Art is delivered by teaching specific skills and also through opportunities for purposeful cross curricular links. Exploring the arts is built into all areas of the curriculum wherever possible. The art curriculum is taught in a flexible way throughout the school. Art is taught in cross curricular themed units across the school year that are differentiated and creatively thought out; giving all children, of all different abilities, a chance to reach their potential. Exploring and using media and materials, the children use and explore a variety of materials, experimenting with colour, design, texture, shape and form. Being imaginative, children use what they have learned about media and materials in purposeful and original ways. They are encouraged to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art. We encourage children to share and explore both their own and new diverse cultural experiences in the arts and we aim to enable children to achieve high standards through a creative and enriching curriculum.
As the children move through the school, they will meet the personalised age related ‘I can statements’ that will inform curriculum coverage planned by each class teacher. Teachers also refer to a ‘progression of skills’ document which helps to recognise the skills expected for each age range alongside the language desired. Classrooms are well resourced and we have a fully supplied art resource cupboard.
Children are given the opportunity to revisit skills throughout the school year, we can track skills by monitoring work output and use of ‘I can statements’. Art is often planned around the children’s interests and cross curricular topics. We value the arts in high regard as we want to develop the confidence of all of our children so that they believe that can succeed in anything. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children. As a school we enjoy celebrating the art that is created through displays, collective worships and sharing work with pupils and parents.