The aim of our curriculum at St Michael’s is for children to have the skills to be successful, independent, motivated and resilient learners in preparation for the next stage of their education. In relation to the Art curriculum, our intention is that all children become creative thinkers allowing them to appreciate different art work and artists. This supports them to become more artistically literate, for example pottery, colour, shade.
The skills that the children acquire are linked to cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development. Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. It is paramount that art work be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this.
In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
The curriculum lead has worked alongside subject leaders to ensure knowledge and skills are mapped out accordingly for each year group, showing progression across the school. All staff aim to deliver interesting and inspiring Art lessons that allow children’s natural curiosity to blossom.
Our Art curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and develop a love of Art. Over time many children in our school develop a real love and appreciation of the artistic world. We know this because they are keen to enter a range of competitions and events and they will talk about these with lots of enthusiasm. The children apply their artistic skills to our outdoor environment and have been responsible for designing our gardens, creating willow statues and designing the outside of our bus. Children develop their skills across the Art curriculum including painting, colour, sketching etc.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
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