At Stockton Wood Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of our provision to broaden pupils’ opportunities and experiences offering a range of Arts and culture to enjoy, inspire and engage children. Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed and sequenced so that the children build upon their skills and knowledge taught from EYFS to Year 6
Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, creativity, thoughts and ideas. Our art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Each year, as the pupils progress and their artistic skills develop, they develop their ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We ensure we make meaningful links to other areas of the curriculum, in order to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, nationally and locally. As well as, contributing to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Stockton Wood, we explore and expand the national curriculum for art and design. With the aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Stockton Wood Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The children are taught Art through their termly Art Week. In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, throughout the year the children we take part in a drawing, painting and sculpture unit. More detail can be found in our Long-Term plan. The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children’s learning.
Early Years Foundation Stage Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture and form. Giving children the opportunity to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art.
Key stage 1 Pupils are taught:
- To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- 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.
Key stage 2 Pupils are taught: to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils are taught:
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- About great artists, architects and designers in history.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers give feedback and support to pupils during art week lessons, orally and through their sketchbooks. We use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is inputted a on a termly basis through the SONAR tracking system to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment. Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked. Age related expectation levels are reported to all parents at the end of the year.