Wychwood Primary School - Art Vision Statement
At Wychwood, our art curriculum will allow children to gain knowledge, understanding and experience of a variety of skills in order to meet the aims of the National Curriculum. Our intent is to inspire pupil’s curiosity about art and ensure all pupils have the opportunity to produce creative, imaginative work. Children will be able to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Our aim is for children to become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage and printing. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers, and craft makers.
Our Curriculum is sequenced so that children’s knowledge, understanding and skills build over time. We have planned for key concepts and techniques to run through our units of learning. By carefully mapping these skills and revisiting them in different key stages, we ensure children are able to develop and build on acquired abilities. Key vocabulary is also planned for and throughout each unit of work, teachers ensure that children acquire and use subject specific language. Furthermore, we have selected and designed our units of teaching carefully so that our curriculum includes diverse examples of artists at work. Within our classrooms, we celebrate work and use scrapbooks throughout the school to record and document the process and product. Finally, through the teaching of Art, we endeavour to recognise the role it plays in preparing our children for the wider world, for example, teaching children about the work that Artists do and opportunities there might be to explore being creative outside of school.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children through the planning and teaching of ‘Expressive art and design’. Expressive Arts and Design encompasses a wide breadth of creative areas, such as listening and responding to music, singing, dancing and performing, experimenting with colour mixing and different textures, creating models, for example, junk modelling, small world, construction and role play. Every day, children are encouraged to develop independence and autonomy when creating. They are given opportunities to explore their creative side and make choices about their work by having free access to art and craft materials during continuous provision time.
Planning documents and sketchbooks evidence a broad and balanced art curriculum and demonstrate the children’s acquisition of identified key knowledge and skill. Learning walks, pupil interviews and sketchbook looks show that children are building upon learnt skills as they move through the key stages. Alongside the skills they have acquired, children are also able to discuss their work and the work of others with a critical and analytical eye.