At Rounds Green Primary School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art provides the children with an opportunity to develop and extend skills and to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
It is our intent that children will study and understand significant artists and artwork which will enable them to respond in a range of media types. Through a child’s artistic journey at Rounds Green, they will learn from a variety of cultures and artistic experiences to develop their individual creativity, which will inspire them to express themselves, using their imagination, initiative and original ideas. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. His should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment but then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
They will become confident drawers, painters, sculptors and craft makers.
National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Key Stage 1
Key Stage 2
ELG Children at the expected level of development will –
Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form, and function
Share their creations, explaining the process they have used
Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories.
Being Imaginative and Expressive
Invent, adapt and recount narratives and stories with peers and their teacher
Sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs
Perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate try to move in time with music
To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
About great artists, architects and designers in history.
The teaching and implementation of the Art curriculum at Rounds Green Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work.
Teachers provide planning based on one artistic focus at a time:
- A cycle of lessons for each subject which carefully plans for progression and depth
- A comparative assessment at the end of a sequence of lessons which will build skill to show progress after a series of lessons.
- Challenging questions for pupils to apply their learning and opportunity to reflect.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class and in school halls.
- Specific art projects that are across the school eg: Christmas Card Project
Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children keep up with the curriculum they are deemed to be making good or better progress. Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lesson; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Children in Early Years are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design as part of the Early Years Framework. Their progress is tracked and their levels are reported to parents regularly.
We encourage children to “wake up” to the visual world that surrounds them and utilise these observations, their imaginations and work of other artists as a springboard to produce their own creative work.