At Amesbury CE Primary School, we want our children to love Art. We value Art as an important element of each child’s learning journey; we provide for them opportunities to produce creative and imaginative work; to explore their ideas and experiences as well as evaluate the work of peers and noted artists. Through their learning, our children will grow in confidence and proficiency in a variety of practical techniques, and as well as in their skills progression. Children will develop more curiosity, knowledge and understanding of the artists they study. Our curriculum aims to engage, inspire and challenge; we want children to experiment with a variety of media; to be inventive and to develop an ambitious focus on what Art can do for them. In addition, we at Amesbury are keen to deepen children’s learning by connecting Art to how it has contributed to shaping our shared, global cultural history.
Alongside everything we do, we continually embed our values of: kindness, dignity and endurance into the teaching of art.
The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to 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.
- 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.
The high standards of teaching and learning of the Art and Design Curriculum at Amesbury CE Primary School are based on the National Curriculum. Learning is linked to year group topics to give a well-structured and progressive approach to the subject. Through providing children the knowledge they need of local, national and international artists, contexts and historical times, children develop a better understanding, they can discuss what they are learning and they expand their vocabulary specific and linked to that artist. Children will have opportunities to share informed opinions and make observations on how to improve their own pieces. In their practical projects, children will develop their skills as well as be able to give constructive critiques of their own and peers’ work. We want children to express their imagination, as well as develop their skills in areas such as drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture. Teachers, follow a clear progression of skills, which will give fair challenges to each year group and will build on the children’s prior learning.
Children will explore and use a variety of media to discover what different effects can be created and developed, focusing on colour, design, texture, form and function. Through daily directed creative tasks, children can express themselves and enjoy these experiences inside the classroom as well as outside. Their language and practical skills are developed by using simple tools and techniques; they can talk about what they have created, share with peers and adults and enhance their self-confidence.
KS1: Children are taught
- To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products.
- To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
- To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
- About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
KS2: Children are taught
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas.
- To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example: pencil, charcoal, paint, clay).
- About great artists, architects and designers in history.
The impact of this will lead to outstanding progress over time across a child’s beginning in EYFS to when they leave Amesbury CE Primary at the conclusion of Year 6, reaching making good or better progress for Art and Design when considering their various starting points. Children are supported and challenged appropriately. Our children will have a deep rooted enthusiasm and ambition for Art and Design, evidenced in the projects in which they have shown their creativity. We want to champion the opportunity for every child to be an artist. It is important that children can talk about what they create, as well as share feelings and ideas in art. Children will grow in confidence in using subject specific vocabulary; know, apply and understand concepts, skills and varied processes. Furthermore, they will develop perseverance and analytical skills. Through classroom and school displays, children will develop a sense of pride in their work and as a school, Amesbury CE Primary will celebrate children’s achievements and the importance of Art and Design to us all. We want our children to develop a life-long love for art and become the artists of the future.