Intent: At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School it is our intention to implement and deliver the Art National Curriculum in an active and relevant way, which opens horizons and supports our vision and intent for the whole curriculum.
Our curriculum is unique because of our historical and geographical location, as well as the wonderful natural environment in and around the school. These enhance and drive our curriculum. Although we are socially diverse, we are not culturally diverse. We want to develop our curriculum to increasingly extend our pupils’ horizons and help them to know about and understand that the village of Stratford-sub-Castle, the city of Salisbury and the county of Wiltshire are part of a much, much bigger world. A world which; is ever more connected and interconnected.
Art and Design is an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. The Art curriculum at Stratford-Sub-Castle contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. Our art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists from a range of cultures and times. Children will develop their understanding and use of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed and progressive year on year.
The overarching aspects for Art and Design at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are:
- DRAWING: using a range of media and on a variety of scales. Learning about artists from a range of times and cultures that use drawing to create artworks
- PAINTING: using a range of media and on a variety of scales. Learning about painters from a range of times and cultures that use paint
- PRINTING: using a variety of techniques and media, learning about print artists from a range of times and cultures.
- COLLAGE: using in a variety of styles and using varied techniques. Learning about artists from a range of times and cultures that use collage to create artworks
- TEXTILES: learning about artists from a range of times and cultures that use textiles to create artworks. Learn about, experiment and create artworks using textile techniques.
- 3D WORK: working with a range of media and a on a variety of scales, learning about artists from a range of times and cultures that create sculptures
- DIGITAL ART: using ICT in support of their work and at times as a completed art piece.
Implementation: The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression and a balance of the key aspects of art. Links are made to other subjects, especially English, History and Geography where relevant and appropriate. This enables children to develop their knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements A focus on knowledge, skills and creativity 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, collage, printing, textiles and sculpture. Children keep sketchbooks in support of their work from year 2 onwards. We also ensure that the strands which run through the entire curriculum at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are woven through lessons, where appropriate. The school’s high-quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.