Our Curriculum Threads
Our curriculum threads are woven through our ART curriculum as:
The Kapow Art and design curriculum stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, promoting a sense of wisdom and wonder of the artistic world. The curriculum enables them to use their language and oracy skills and communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern. The intention of our Art and Design curriculum is to ensure children have a healthy and happy attitude towards the subject and that they become proficient in the skills of art and design.
Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be fully inclusive and accessed by all pupils. Opportunities are also given to stretch pupils’ learning when needed. The curriculum promotes careful observation of many art forms and as such promotes an appreciation of the diversity of the world around us.
At Winkfield St Mary’s, the intention of our Art and Design curriculum is to ensure children have an enjoyment of and become proficient in the skills of art and design. We want to ensure all pupils fulfil the requirements of the national Curriculum and:
- 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.
Art and design teaching at Winkfield St Mays Primary School aims to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to use their oracy skills and communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern. Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. It is our intent that children choose art and design to encompass future life- long learning in order that they ‘may have life and live it to the full’ John 10:10.
Art and Design is taught in KS1 and KS2 by class teachers under the subject leadership of Mrs Hartland, using resources and schemes of work from Kapow. Using this scheme as a basis, we are confident that pupils’ skills are developing progressively and effectively through regularly taught and well-planned lessons.
Through Kapow’s Primary Art and design scheme of work, key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model, allowing pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. Units of work cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands. These units are flexible enough to be adapted to form cross-curricular links with other areas of the curriculum.
Lessons are practical and encourage experimental and exploratory learning. From Year One to Year Six all pupils use sketchbooks to document their ideas. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lesson can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities are given to stretch pupils’ learning when needed. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
In the Reception class Art is covered in the ‘Expressive Arts and Design’ area of the Early Years Framework. While specific Art ‘lessons’ may not be taught regularly, Art is integrated into the classroom environment, with specific craft and painting areas set up daily to encourage child initiated artistic work and experimentation.
Through the high-quality teaching of Art and Design taking place, we will see the impact of the subject in the following ways:
- Children will produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
- Children will be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Children will develop their competence in controlling materials and tools.
- Children will begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space.
- Children will evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
- Children will know about great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
- Children will analyse works using the language of art and design and develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects.
The impact of art and design teaching throughout the school will be continually monitored by the art and design subject leader to ensure there is effective progress of knowledge with relevant skills being developed each year. This monitoring will include regular learning walks, regular observations of pupils sketchbooks, and regular observations and recording of what the pupils produce through their art and design lessons and classroom displays.