Art and Design Curriculum
The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons, through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design ensuring that the children develop skills for exploring, developing their own ideas, evaluating and improving their creative work. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.
• enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work.
• develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities.
• improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques.
• increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures.
• develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials.
• foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies:
• setting common tasks that are open-ended and can have a variety of responses.
• setting tasks of increasing difficulty where not all children complete all tasks.
• grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group.
• providing a range of challenges with different resources.
• using additional adults to support the work of individual children or small groups.
We plan the activities in art and design so that they build upon the prior learning of the children. While we give children of all abilities opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, we also build planned progression into the scheme of work, so that there is an increasing challenge for the children as they move up through the school. The Art work undertaken is linked to the medium and long term planning.
As a school we also provide an Art afterschool club to Key Stage 2 children and we have an Art week every year where we focus on what particular artist.
• Art encourages children to ask and answer questions about the starting points for their work.
• Children have the opportunity to compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own work and that of other children, and to say what they think and feel about them.
• Art and design contributes to the teaching of mathematics in our school by giving opportunities to develop the children’s understanding of shape and space through work in two and three dimensions.
• Children use computing software to explore shape, colour and pattern in their work.
• Art contributes to the teaching of some elements of personal, social and health education and citizenship. The children discuss how they feel about their own work and the methods and approaches used by others, whether within their culture or a different one.
• Art offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons.