Art and Design
Our Art curriculum allows children to express themselves whilst providing them the opportunity to develop their skills and talents whilst using a range of new and interesting media and materials. Children are encouraged to be creative, take risks, innovate and express their ideas. Children explore and learn new skills within drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and digital media. We encourage our children to evaluate and critique their own learning and the learning of others whilst introducing them to works, vocabulary and styles from a vast range of different artists from around the world. It is very important that our art lessons and our art learning show clear purpose; whether this be as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that may inspire our own learning.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Parklee is based on the National Curriculum, ensuring a clear, comprehensive and well-structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art in discrete lessons that build on previous learning. Areas covered include sculpture and mixed media, collage, printing, clay work, painting, graffiti and exploring the works of important historical and modern artists. We ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Children in Key Stage 2 are introduced to the concept of a sketchbook, which follows them through their artistic journey at Parklee. This allows them to document and revisit work and ideas and to practise and hone their art and design skills. It also serves to document their progression in Key Stage 2.
Our Art Curriculum is planned to demonstrate progression and to stimulate creativity. Pupils are clear about what the intended outcomes are and have the opportunity to evaluate their work using annotations in their sketchbooks.
In Art, children are encouraged to be reflective, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. This is meaningful and continuous, with age-related verbal and written reflection promoted throughout school.
The intended impact of the Art and Design Curriculum is that the majority of children in each year group are working at or above the expected level for their age and this is recorded using the school assessment tracking system INSIGHT.