At Woodcroft Primary School Art is an important part of providing a broad and balanced curriculum. It engages and inspires pupils through exploring, creating and discussing their own works of art and works of others. Through the use of sketchbooks, children will develop and record their journey towards an end outcome. They will draw upon inspirational artists, designers and crafts people. Pupils will be taught age-appropriate techniques and build on learnt key skills, knowledge and ideas. As children move through the school, they will become confident with a range of art skills; drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, textiles, ICT and mixed media. As pupils progress, they should be able to think more critically and develop a deeper understanding of art.
The implementation and teaching of Art and Design at Woodcroft Primary school is based on the National Curriculum and supported by the Hampshire Art Advisor, ensuring a well-structured approach to this creative subject.
Art is taught each halt term with a focus on a different artist. Areas covered include; drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, collage and Art & ICT. More details of this can be found in our long term plan. Teachers record learning journeys with examples of children’s work in class portfolios.
As part of the planning process, teachers need to plan the following:
- A cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth;
- A range of questions to challenge and develop children’s thinking and creative decisions;
- A variety of technical vocabulary linked to the skill and journey being taught;
- Opportunities for children to explore and discuss pieces of art work (own, famous artists)
- Opportunities to practice a skill before being asked to be creative with it or using in a final piece
- Trips and unique experiences that will enhance the learning experiences;
- A range of resources to support learning
Our Art and Design curriculum at Woodcroft Primary School is high quality, carefully created and is planned to demonstrate progression. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against planned outcomes
- Pupil discussions about their learning
- Self and peer evaluations of learning and final pieces
- Pupils are able to apply and use their art skills
- Pupils are able to talk about their work to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding
- Pupils are able to talk about the work of a wide variety of artists studied.