Art and Design is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum, which we believe to be an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and feelings and develop their understanding of how to work both individually and collaboratively. We aim for our children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. We want them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They will learn to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. They will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. It is important the children at The Weald are confident in their artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within their own lives and can reach their full potential in this subject area.
How we plan and teach for Art and Design
At The Weald, art and design is planned for and taught over a two-year cycle with key skills alternating over the two years. Teachers plan sequences of lessons that will build on and develop the children’s skills culminating in a final piece. The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each phase and across the school to ensure progression. 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 the children developing a considerable 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 develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and sculpture.
How we evaluate our learning in Art and Design
The impact of our art curriculum can clearly been seen in the children’s sketchbooks which pass on with them to the following year group. At the beginning of each unit, an overview outlines the main learning objective alongside the skills that the children will build on and those which will follow. The opportunity to evaluate and reflect on the learning is planned for towards the end of the unit to enable the children to see how their learning is progressing and where they need to take it next. On completion of the unit of work, children self-assess against the units learning objectives and skills.