“Art has the role in education of helping children to become like themselves, instead of more like everyone else.”
Sydney Gurewitz Clemens
Vision and INtent
Art has a significant and valuable role to play in the overall ethos of this school, and the development of the whole child. Art is an ongoing process through which all children are given opportunities to develop specific skills, knowledge and understanding to enable them to work in variety of media, style and form. It enables children of all abilities to use their creative imagination to achieve their potential with guidance and given criteria.
Children work individually and within a group to develop the social and personal skills. Art is not taught in isolation, although it retains its creative base and its skills and techniques. Wherever appropriate it is linked to other areas of the curriculum and gives children the opportunities to develop specific art skills and reinforces skills already established.
The school believes that art is a vital part of the education of all children and will try to ensure that art has a high profile. Whilst it may be an enjoyable activity, it is not seen as being solely therapeutic or as a hobby. It is important that the actual teaching of art skills and art appreciation are taken out of the topic framework. Art needs to be taught as a subject in its own right.
However, it can be used to enrich and extend the teaching of other subjects.
By the time our pupils reach the end of Key Stage Two, they will have been given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They will have explored different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. In addition to this, our pupils will have learnt 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. Our pupils will have created a wide range of products that will have been showcased within their classrooms, during assemblies and to other teachers within our school. This ensures that a sense of pride is created in terms of the output produced- our pupils continually demonstrate our RESPECT school values of Resilience, Empathy, Self-Awareness, Positivity, Excellence, Communication and Teamwork within the subject of Art and Design.
Curriculum and implementation
The teaching of art is planned around the 6 different areas, which are - drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, sculpture and textile work.
Provide pupils with the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas, feelings and experiences in a visual and tactile form.
Whilst art is predominantly related to topic work or other cross-curricular links, teachers will also plan specific activities to provide opportunities for the development of the skills, knowledge and understanding associated with the subject.
Core Knowledge and skills
Please click on the links below to see our subject progression documents for art.
Sketchbooks are used throughout the school to regularly record, collect and explore ideas and images and other information relevant to current and ongoing work. The sketchbook is an essential and personal record although teachers will teach children when it is appropriate to use them and for what purposes including reviewing the contents to ensure the purpose of the sketchbook at frequent intervals. It is also essential that all children use a sketchbook that is similar in format.
cultural capital and enrichment
Cultural capital is the accumulation of knowledge, behaviours, and skills that a child can draw upon and which demonstrates their cultural awareness, knowledge and competence; it is one of the key ingredients a pupil will draw upon to be successful in society, their career and the world of work.
What our pupils say
How to Encourage art at home