Art & Design
Our Vision for Art & Design
Our art and design curriculum aims to break down social and cultural barriers to learning by bringing the subject alive in the classroom by using resources that are inspired by a diverse range of real artists and craftspeople who are experts in their trade. We also endeavour to offer our pupils the opportunity to engage in school workshops lead by artists or aspiring artists.
Our Aims for Art & Design
The aims of Art & Design are to enable pupils to:
- Make their own
How do we deliver Art & Design
Expressive Arts & Design in the EYFS is all about discussion and experimentation.
We believe that helping children to be creative is as much about encouraging attitudes of curiosity and questioning as about skills or techniques.
Building on children’s interests can lead to them creating amazing inventions or making marks on paper that represent for them an experience or something they have seen. Encouraging children to choose and use materials and resources in an open-ended way helps them to make choices and to have confidence in their own ideas. We believe that this provides them with a solid foundation for their onward learning journey in the realm of Art & Design.
Years 1 - 6
Our Curriculum Overview shows which of our units cover each of the National curriculum attainment targets as well as each of the strands.
Our Combined Long-term Plan for Art & DT shows how we alternate between the subjects each half-term.
Our Progression of Skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Assessment in Art & Design
Art & Design is not the same as other subjects. It does not always have a flight path or a linear path, because we need to value creativity and individuality. Progress is demonstrated through the use of sketchbooks to record ideas, reflections, critical analysis of artists and development of technical skills. Each child is unique and each sketchbook is unique, as this enables learners to develop their independence and creativity. Pick up a book at Peterhouse C of E Primary Academy, flick through it and you will be able to see ideas developing, skills improving and knowledge being recorded. Pupil voice is another prominent assessment tool that we use both in the EYFS and Key Stages 1 & 2.
The curriculum is designed in such a way that children are involved in the evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. These discussions help children to talk about their own learning journey and have an understanding of how to improve. Observations of pupil progress within each lesson are used to plan subsequent teaching, including targeted support and opportunities for working at greater depth. Knowledge organisers are used in each unit to support assessment.