Art & Design
Art and Design Intent
Art gives children at Brackenbury the opportunity to be creative and develop their skills using a range of medium and materials. They are given the freedom to explore and evaluate different ideas so that they can become discerning creators. There is an emphasis on heightening the profile of art and supporting children to enjoy the subject.
Children are encouraged to study the best art that the world has to offer, developing criticality in order to draw inspiration from artists and artisans across history. Crucially, the artists studied have been selected to reflect a wide range of ethnicity and backgrounds. The role of art in our local community is also represented, for example parents and carers with art backgrounds are invited to support curriculum delivery. The time taken to consider the role of the artist allows for children to understand and appreciate the significance of artwork, for example pupils consider the wider context of the World War when looking at propaganda posters, and consider the status symbol of jewellery in the stone ages when designing their own pieces.
As well as drawing inspiration from creators, children are encouraged to see themselves as artists. To facilitate this, children are expected to be reflective; there is time to plan and evaluate their work throughout the process of creating, both independently and with the help of peers. Thinking about how they can make changes constructively and always building upon to create greater depth.
Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques might be more successful than others. Time is given to discuss techniques used by others so that we can apply them for our own artwork. This encourages challenge so that our students can support themselves to improve their work creatively and effectively.
Art and Design Implementation and Impact
The Art and Design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum. Art lessons are generally delivered by the class teacher, and other adults where this may prove enriching to the children’s experience, such as a local artist or a parent volunteer. EYFS children are taught discreet art skills through a combination of whole class learning and small group teaching, and also have the opportunity to experiment with a wide range of mediums in their classrooms, as well as in outdoor learning. All KS1 and KS2 children take part in three art units across the academic year, as well as having the opportunity to take part in other artistic pursuits, such as art week and art competitions.
- Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art in each key stage, and the progressive curriculum delivery means that pupils revisit these skills and have the opportunity to build upon them.
- Each child has an art book which are used to record learning but also for children to make initial sketches, develop skills, record ideas and develop opinions on an individual basis.
- Each art unit explores of an initial key artist, craft maker or designer and their work so that children are exposed to a wide range of diverse forms. Children are also encouraged to share their own experiences of and with artists through classroom discussion.
- There is subject-specific vocabulary taught in each unit, to support children to articulate their emerging criticality of art. Pupils can explore how their art can share commonalities with famous art and use subject-specific vocabulary to discuss key artworks and their own work.
- Opportunities for children to visit local art galleries and museums are planned for, as well as visits from local artists.
- Opportunities to reflect and develop and built into the delivered lessons, including self and peer-assessment. In the development of confident art critics, the pupils share their opinions and make informed observations about what will improve their own practical work.
- Effective CPD and standardisation opportunities are available to staff to ensure high levels of confidence and knowledge are maintained.
- To support teaching, staff access a range of resources and planning and also capitalise on the use of technology where appropriate.
- Our Foundation Subject Assessment Tracker allows us to use data to inform future practice.
The impact of the curriculum will lead to progress over time across key stages, relative to a child’s individual starting point. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned so that all learners can be supported to make good progress. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice. The profile of art will also be celebrated through displays and the opportunity for parents and carers to share the children’s artwork.
Progression of skills and knowledge
Our ‘Art subject progression of skills and knowledge ‘ document gives further information about what the children are taught in this subject by year group.
Art subject-progression of skills and knowledge
Art & Design National Curriculum
If you would like to know more, please visit Art National Curriculum