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Art & Design

The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to engage, inspire, and challenge pupils. It aims to equip children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment with and create their own works of art and design. At Marsh Lane Primary, we hope to implement this through Art and Design lessons and a rich cross-curricular approach. We aim 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.

During their time at Marsh Lane, children will have their own sketchbook to design, practise and develop their skills and artworks. This will evidence a progression of techniques throughout the school years.

Intent 

Art and Design is an importance part of our curriculum and it is our aim to engage and inspire all children through creative planning opportunities. At Marsh Lane we believe that Art and Design encourages children to develop their creativity, nurture their imagination and provides children with a variety of ways to express their thoughts, feelings and emotions. 

Implementation

The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Marsh Lane Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and our thematic, cross-curricular approach aims to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.

The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work.  Areas covered include sculpture, mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the Tudor houses, nature, Mexican art, Christian art and symbols, painting, pointillism, graffiti and the works of the Impressionist artists.  

The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. 

The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school themed 'Arts Week' in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.

EYFS 

Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

  • Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
  • Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
  • Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
  • Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
  • Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
  • Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

KS1 

Pupils are taught:

  1.  to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  2.  to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  3.  to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  4.  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.    

 KS2 

Pupils are 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.

 Pupils are taught:

  1.  to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  2.  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]
  3.  about great artists, architects and designers in history.

Impact

Within art and design, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience. Our art and design curriculum is carefully 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 using the following methods:

  • Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught.
  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Photographs  of the children’s practical learning.
  • Sketch books
  • Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.