At Whingate Primary School Art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage for Art, provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills, enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination, develop the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools, acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes, begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists and designers, increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and to develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of Art in all subjects.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in Art and Design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from each year group. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas with children developing a knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and to develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, colour, texture, pattern and sculpture.
We strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience throughout their time at Whingate. Our Art curriculum is planned to stimulate creativity, to be high quality and to demonstrate progression. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and they have a means to measure their own work against this, as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists to inspire their own work.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Children are reflective and evaluate their own and each other’s work, thinking about how they can make changes and improve. This is meaningful and continuous, allowing verbal and age-related written reflection.
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning.
- Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s work is scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their children’s work.
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