At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School it is our intention to implement and deliver the Art and Design National Curriculum in an active and relevant way, which opens horizons and supports our vision and intent for the whole curriculum.
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.
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 1 onwards. The school’s high-quality art curriculum is supported through the use of a specialist art teacher and availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. Pupils show an understanding of key artists they have studied and develop opinions about styles and art movements they favour. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment. Development of skills, knowledge, process and outcomes are evident in children’s sketchbooks (from Yr1 onwards) The Art curriculum at Stratford-Sub-Castle contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection which is evident in sketchbook work, outcomes and discussion with children.