Statement of Intent
Our federation Art curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We provide children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. They learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
Children are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. Pupils create artwork with a real purpose; work is shared and displayed, showing skills and progress made. As they work, children are reflective and evaluative, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment, applying their skills, and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project. We wish our children to be boldly creative, innovative and reflective – skills for life.
All staff follow the federation’s Progression in Art and Coverage of Art Skills documents to ensure continuity, progression and curriculum coverage from EYFS to Y6. Children acquire subject knowledge, skills and understanding so they explore, investigate, create and evaluate artwork. Children are enabled to reach and exceed their potential across our federation.
Children are given the opportunity to present their sense of vision through observation, experimentation, illustration and creation. They are encouraged to use their imagination through a wide variety of media. Manipulative skills are developed as well as an awareness of colour, texture, design and dimension. Children access key knowledge and vocabulary which they are then able to apply to their work in Art and across the wider curriculum. Where applicable, cross curricular links are made so that children develop skills in context. They use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth, for example using a Computing program to create paintings of the Great Fire of London.
Alternatively, Art may be taught discretely, such as a unit on the work of Henry Moore. Skills are explicitly taught and all children in Key Stage 2 have a sketchbook which they keep throughout the key stage. In line with other foundation subjects, Art is assessed using the half termly assessment sheets.