How does our current Art & Design curriculum match our intention?
Planning in art and design is rich and varied and introduces pupils to a wealth of art and design appreciation in and around them.
What’s the content of the Art & Design subject?
EYFS & Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
How will Art & Design link with other subjects?
Year 3 have put this in place through their topics i.e.: The Stone Age (spring term) and Plants / Rainforests (summer term). An Art audit is currently in place to ascertain exactly what is being taught and whether plans are being followed. This will be ongoing as Foundation subjects are subjected to being changed. For example, The Tudors will no longer be taught in Year 4 which means Tudor Art will go. This has been the same in Science as the body is no longer taught in Year 4 but instead in Year 3. A whole planning unit of the skeleton in Science in collaboration with Art was previously taught. This unit had a huge impact on the subject being taught, as it suited every type of learner. Having consolidated their Science learning.
Children are always keen to learn new skills and like to work hard to perfect those shown to them. Art can be beneficial to the learner if it is cross-curricular, often consolidating knowledge as well as time for reflection, appreciation and understanding (hands on and visual approach) of the topic being covered.
Where are there gaps in staff knowledge?
The Art Subject Leader is a Class Teacher as well as an Art Specialist, having taught the subject for many years. Staff have been encouraged to ask for help and have been informed if assistance or training / guidance is needed. Class swaps and group painting sessions have and are taking place, so that less confident teachers are given CPD and pupils gain access to the skills of a specialist.
Is Art & Design staffed appropriately and adequately resourced in terms of time and other resources?
An Art audit is undertaken annually. Pupils are able to improve their mastery of Art and Design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials as listed in the programme of study. Staff are asked twice a year for any resources they require. As well as sketchbook making in Year 6 the children are each given a sketchbook in Year 3 which goes up with them throughout the school. This enables their new teachers to see their learning journey and assess / or address any weaknesses or strengths that are evident.
Each year group looks at both artists and designers and the children are given art appreciation and art history lessons to fully encapsulate their learning.