Art and Design
At Lydiard Millicent CE Primary School we believe that Art and Design is an important part of each child’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum whilst also providing them with the opportunity for creativity and individual expression.
We aim to engage, challenge and inspire pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
As pupils progress through the school, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. They should also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to culture and creativity.
The national curriculum for art and design 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 ad designers and understand that historical and cultural development their art forms.
We aim to give the children the opportunity to explore and become proficient in a range of skills, working with a variety of materials and the opportunity to share and display their work.
The teaching of art and design will provide children with art lessons which are linked to class topics, and although skills based, teachers plan creatively and link the work produced to the theme of each topic.
The children will be given opportunities to develop and master their art, craft and design skills through drawing, painting, collage, printing and 3D forms across every second school year. During this learning journey, the children will study a range of artists from the UK and the wider world.
Children use sketch books which they keep as they progress through the school and are encouraged to take pride in their sketch books and develop an awareness of their own progress. The children share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work. Throughout the year, there will be an opportunity for the children to display their work in the classroom or as part of a whole school gallery or community project.
We have developed links with local schools and artists in order to provide a range of creative opportunities for children of all abilities.
Our Art and Design curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This can be seen in the children’s work on display and their sketchbooks.
Further information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded. The children are keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. The children’s art is sometimes cross-curricular, and helps them to express feelings and emotions in art, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in Religious Education, history, geography and science.
Teachers make formative assessments against objectives and use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.