Curriculum – Art
Art and design is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum. Our school uses the objectives from The National Curriculum as a basis for planning Art alongside the Chris Quigley Essentials Curriculum, which exceeds new national curriculum expectations. Planning is progressive and skills are revisited from Years 1 to 6 to ensure children have deeper understanding of concepts and techniques. Knowledge, skills and understanding are progressively built upon through each of the areas of experience of Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Textiles and 3D. Within each discipline this has been provided through gradually extending the breadth of content, increasing the depth of knowledge and understanding and focusing on improving the quality of responses and outcomes.
In Key Stage 1 children are taught about a range of artists where they can them explore a variety of techniques used by these artists which promotes them to share ideas about drawings, paintings and sculptures as well as use their own experiences and ideas as inspirations for artwork.
In Key Stage 2 children learn about great artists, architects and designers in history where they improve mastery of techniques. They also develop and share ideas in sketchbooks and finished products. Children’s experiences influence their inspiration for artwork and they are exposed where possible to cross-curricular links.
Teaching and Learning
Long term plans ensure that that children experience key skills in the six main areas of art (Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Collage, Textiles, and 3D) across all Year Groups. Art teaching within our school maximises the use of a ‘Creative, cross-curricular’ approach, and all Art units are linked to each phase’s termly topics, clearly shown on Medium Term plans. Furthermore, teachers are encouraged to use the ‘Art and Design in Suffolk Handbook’ to inform short term planning. This provides a comprehensive guide on the six key areas and the corresponding progression of skills that need to be taught. Staff are encouraged to make the scheme their own, to adapt and modify it as necessary to suit their own needs and requirements. We aim to plan for strong cross-curricular links in order to maximise Art learning opportunities, while ensuring that lessons are meaningful and purposeful for the children. Long and medium term plans are available for Parents to view on the school website, and addition to this, Curriculum Newsletters are also sent home termly. The planning process involved in developing this scheme of work, has ensured a progression and continuity of learning experiences from Year 1 to Year 6. In Reception art and design skills are promoted and teachers plan in accordance to the Early Years Foundation Stage as well as looking into the Suffolk Scheme and Chris Quigley Essentials.
Extra-Curricular Art and Design Opportunities
At Trimley St Mary Primary School children are offered opportunities to partake in Art and Design competitions outside of school such as The Young Art East Anglia Competition. Furthermore, children are given opportunities to be creative in designing areas around the school through an Art Club, this has made our school inviting and given children a chance to have a say in the design of their school, areas which have been developed include playground murals and save our train station prints.