At Graveney Primary School art should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for art and design, provide a broad and balanced curriculum, ensure the progressive development of knowledge and skills, enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination, develop the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools, acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes, begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers, increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and 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.
Art and design teaching at Graveney Primary School instils 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 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.
The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum.
The art and design curriculum at Graveney Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using Curriculum Maestro. The progression of the Curriculum Maestro ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
When teaching art and design, teachers should follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.
Art and design provides excellent opportunities to enhance the learning of more able pupils through the investigations, analysing sources and writing extended pieces. Children showing extensive aptitude in art and design will be placed on our schools gifted and talented register. These children will be selected for appropriate enrichment opportunities throughout the year.
At Graveney Primary School we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom. Every year we have ’Arts Week’ where the class teacher plans fun, engaging activities linked to the topic for the children to complete. These also offer an opportunity for parents to engage with the school and join in with their children’s learning. We also take part in local art projects including The Abbey School Art Competition.
Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional art learning outside the classroom. At Graveney Primary School, the children have had many opportunities to experience art and design on educational visits. The children have explored local museums/art galleries and had visitors into school to share art and design learning and have hands on experiences.
Within art and design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing investigative and enquiry based learning opportunities. Emphasis is placed on investigative learning opportunities to help children gain a coherent knowledge of understanding of each unit of work covered throughout the school.
Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
Here are some of the comments made by our pupils when asked about Art and Design.
Do you enjoy art?
'I love it. It's a fun lesson because you can create things.'
'I love it because you are not restricted.'
Why do we have art lessons?
'To help our creative minds.'
To use your imagination.'
How does your teacher help you with art?
'Gives you tips on how to paint or make things.'
What makes you proud in art?
'Gathering materials from nature and creating artwork.'