Mrs Kelly is the Art subject leader at our School.
At Shilbottle Primary School, we believe that art and design should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to: fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for art and design, providing a broad and balanced curriculum ensuring the progressive development of knowledge and skills as the children move from early years to Year 6. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. In our school, we aim to 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. As pupils progress through school, we encourage them to begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. We link our art teaching to local history where applicable to deepen the understanding of local art and artists. We would like our students to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques knowing about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understanding the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as topic blocks, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum, taught through themes and topics linked to subjects covered in each year group. At Shilbottle Primary, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. The art and design curriculum at Shilbottle Primary School is planned out to ensure knowledge and skills are taught in each Key Stage enabling progression through school. Our key skills plans ensure the curriculum is covered and the skills and knowledge is taught progressively from year group to year group. When teaching art and design, teachers create engaging lessons including a variety of teaching approaches to best teach the skills and understanding that are to be acquired. We encourage art skills to be celebrated, and take every opportunity as a school to enter art based competitions when they arise. At Shilbottle Primary School, we aim to provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning to take place inside and outside the classroom. Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional art and design learning outside the classroom, each child has a sketch book to record ideas and observations on trips and for out of classroom learning.
At Shilbottle Primary, we believe our art curriculum instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts ultimately enriching the children’s learning experience. Our art and design curriculum is focused on progression of knowledge and skills and which forms part of the units of work we choose.
The impact of our curriculum is measured through; assessing understanding of topic linked vocabulary, having discussion with pupils about their work often giving verbal feedback leading to improvement, Images and recordings of the children’s practical learning, Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice), Staff and governor meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work and the annual reporting of pupil achievements on their end of year reports and parent meetings.