At St Theresa’s Catholic Primary School, we have designed a curriculum for art and design that enables all children, including those with SEND and disadvantaged backgrounds, to explore their creativity through a wide range of diverse activities with the intent that they will develop an appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime.
From the early years at St Theresa’s, our intent is that children will:
- Be engaged, inspired and challenged through the teaching of art.
- Develop a sense of creativity, self-expression and high attainment.
- Be equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art and design.
- Explore ideas and record experiences.
- Using their imagination and understand how to select their own materials.
- Develop their skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles and print.
- Improve their ability to control art media, materials, tools and techniques safely
- Develop a knowledge of great artists and designers.
- Understand how to use a sketchbook for recording, planning, reference and developing ideas.
- Be encouraged to critically evaluate their own work and that of others in order to learn from their experiences.
At St Theresa’s the art curriculum is led and overseen by the art coordinator. The role of the coordinator is to implement training, monitoring, evaluation and share good practice amongst staff which will contribute to the ethos and high expectations in art, that are held for all children.
The teaching, learning and sequencing of the art curriculum is based on the following principles:
- The National Curriculum forms the basis of teaching and learning and dictates the curriculum content for Art and Design.
- St Theresa’s Art and Design Long Term Planning documents are used as support for planning to ensure that there is progression in the development of key skills.
- The program of progressive skills that children follow in art and design, is delivered through discrete art and design lessons and where applicable in other curriculum subjects.
- The teaching of art and design is done through whole class teaching followed by group and individual work. New techniques and skills are modelled and examples of work are shown to the children.
- In group and individual work, pupils have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques.
- Children are involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.
- Art activities are scaffolded to ensure that all pupils can access tasks and have an appropriate level of challenge. Pupils with particular talents are given opportunities to extend them.
- Children learn about and access contemporary artists, as well as more traditional ones, that are relevant to children today.
- Cross curricular opportunities for further learning and development in the arts are built into the planning of all subjects as a means of enhancing the children’s learning. These may be in the form of visiting performing arts groups, museums, galleries and other venues.
- In the EYFS there is continuous provision of art and design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to children’s development in the areas of Expressive Arts and Design and Communication and Language. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional development.
By the end of their time at St Theresa’s, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills and developed a lifelong love of art and design.
Through the high quality first teaching of art and design we will see the impact in the following different ways:
- Children will be engaged in their learning in art and design, develop as artists and be enthusiastic in their acquisition of new artistic skills and techniques
- Final pieces of artwork and sketchbooks will evidence that a range of skills and techniques have been progressively taught, that a range of artists and designers have been explored and that children have applied their skills to a wide range of final pieces.
- Assessments and monitoring will show standards in art and design will be high and match standards in other subject areas.
- Children will be able to express themselves creatively.
- Most importantly, we want children to have found a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.