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Art and Design at St Mary's

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Our Vision

At St, Mary’s, we value the creative curriculum. We believe art can have a powerful and positive effect on children, helping them to become confident, creative learners who are able to express their individual interests, thought and ideas. We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We encourage children to learn from and be inspired by the work of great artists from different cultures and understand the contribution art has made to society, both past and present. As pupils progress, we support them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Through art work in the classroom, the children at St, Mary’s have the opportunity to develop their skills in drawing, textiles, sculpture, painting, print making and collage. These areas are developed continuously throughout the school from nursery through to year six and the children have the opportunity to revisit skills from previous years before learning new ones. Developing skills in drawing is given a high status and children are encouraged to draw not only in art lessons, but across the curriculum.   We encourage children to express individuality in their work. From year 1, each child has a personalised sketch book where they can explore ideas, be inventive and take risks. When children leave St, Mary’s, we expect them to have a wide range of well-developed art skills in the six areas of our curriculum that they can then build on and develop further as they continue in their education.

How we plan and teach Art and Design

At St Mary’s, art is taught every other half term with key skills taught progressively in each year group. Teachers plan sequences of lessons across the half term that will build on and develop the children’s skills culminating in a final piece.

The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art unit are mapped across each year group and across the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas, with the children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles, collage and sculpture.

Art within EYFS, links with expressive art and design where children develop a curiosity and interest

Whole-school project work ensures that art is given high status in the curriculum and the school holds an annual ‘The Arts Exhibition’ which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge

How we evaluate learning in Art and Design

We measure the impact of our Art curriculum through monitoring children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher throughout lessons. This assessment is then used to inform differentiation, support and challenge required by the children. The use of floor books in Nursery and reception and in Year 1 to Year 6 the children have individual sketch books allows teachers to monitor this progression throughout the year groups. The design, make, evaluate journey is recorded in the books, which should include research, notes, designing, photos of the making process and finished product and then the peer and self-evaluations of the work. In FS1 and 2, Interactive Learning Diary is used to monitor children’s understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher throughout lessons

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