Art and Design
We want our pupils to:
- Respect themselves, respect others, respect all property, and respect their community and the World around them.
- Have a positive attitude that encourages self-belief and confidence
- Achieve high standards in all areas of the curriculum.
- Respond to challenges and seize new experiences whole–heartedly.
- Take an active lead in their own learning and development throughout their life.
- Develop the spirit of enquiry leading to life-long learning.
OUR VISION FOR THIS SUBJECT
Art and design is an essential part of the primary curriculum. Art allows the child to develop their imagination and creativity, to make connections through their inventive minds and gives children the skills to record their imagination and ideas.
Art also encourages expression and visual thinking, which in turn helps children learn other subject.
ART CURRICULUM INTENT
At Cheswick Green, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. The intent is to offer art lessons that inspire and challenge, to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work and flourish individually, developing the skills and knowledge to enable them to create their own works of art that express their individual ideas, interests and thoughts.
Through a Creative Curriculum, art at Cheswick Green enables children to develop knowledge and skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas and which can be used to promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas.
Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting and sculpting. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, architects and designers. They will develop their interest and curiosity about art through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways.
ART CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art at Cheswick Green we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught as part of our half termly Cornerstones topics, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Pupils of all abilities are given the opportunity to reach their full potential. The combination of Cornerstones topics covered across key stages ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills and knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group. Working together to be the best that we can be.
The teaching of knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practice and develop mastery in the key processes of art, drawing and painting.
Art is taught through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual or group activities. At Cheswick Green we give children the opportunity to work by themselves and in collaboration with others. Differentiation in art is planned by the challenge of task set, individual guidance given and the amount of support needed for every child to succeed to their full potential.
ART CURRICULUM IMPACT
At Cheswick Green Primary, we firmly believe all our children have an entitlement to achieve well so they become learners ready for the next chapter in their education.
- Gain confidence to express themselves using a variety of techniques.
- Children will learn new skills in a fun and imaginative ways.
- Develop their own artistic tastes and an appreciation for work by others.
- Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art.
- Children have a sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum.
- Opportunities to discuss and evaluate their creative work.
- Assessment in art is through verbal and written feedback.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES IN ART
Where children have a physical disability or have SEND, we aim to provide resources and learning experiences that will support their learning in Art. We do this by setting suitable learning challenges, responding to each child’s different needs and providing learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make progress.
Activities should be carefully planned by the class teacher and be differentiated where appropriate for children with SEN and equally the more able and Gifted and Talented children. All resources/materials have been reviewed with equal opportunities in mind, e.g. race, gender, ethnicity. Learning experiences in art will be available to every child, regardless of race, gender, class or ability. Pupils will be encouraged to value social and cultural diversity through musical experiences. They will listen to, and participate in, a variety of experiences in a positive and constructive role.
Inclusion is about every child having educational needs, that every child is special and the School is meeting these diverse needs in order to ensure the active participation and progress of all children in their learning.
Inclusive practice in Art should enable all children to achieve their best possible standard; whatever their ability, and irrespective of gender, ethnic, social or cultural background, home language or any other aspect that could affect their participation in, or progress in their learning.
We recognise that in all classes, children have a wide range of artistic ability, and so we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways:
- setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
- setting tasks of increasing difficulty;
- grouping children by ability and setting different tasks for each group;
- grouping children in mixed ability groups;
- providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
- using classroom assistants to support the work of individuals or groups of children.
Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem.