In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for art, our art curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise the potential of all of our pupils. Art is a fantastic way for all children of all ages to express themselves, be creative and to explore. We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness. Most importantly we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued.
Art is delivered by teaching specific skills and also through opportunities for purposeful cross curricular links. Exploring the arts is built into all areas of the curriculum wherever possible. The art curriculum is taught in a flexible way throughout the school. Art is taught in cross curricular themed units across the school year that are differentiated and creatively thought out; giving all children, of all different abilities, a chance to reach their potential. Exploring and using media and materials, the children use and explore a variety of materials, experimenting with colour, design, texture, shape and form. Being imaginative, children use what they have learned about media and materials in purposeful and original ways. They are encouraged to represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art. We encourage children to share and explore both their own and new diverse cultural experiences in the arts and we aim to enable children to achieve high standards through a creative and enriching curriculum.
As the children move through the school, they will meet the personalised age related ‘I can statements’ that will inform curriculum coverage planned by each class teacher. Teachers also refer to a ‘progression of skills’ document which helps to recognise the skills expected for each age range alongside the language desired. Classrooms are well resourced and we have a fully supplied art resource cupboard.
Children are given the opportunity to revisit skills throughout the school year, we can track skills by monitoring work output and use of ‘I can statements’. Art is often planned around the children’s interests and cross curricular topics. We value the arts in high regard as we want to develop the confidence of all of our children so that they believe that can succeed in anything. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children. As a school we enjoy celebrating the art that is created through displays, assemblies and sharing work with pupils and parents.
Design and Technology
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for D&T, our D&T curriculum is designed with the intent to maximise the potential of all of our pupils, emphasising on creating innovative products. We take every opportunity to encourage a love for learning within all of our pupils, based around a resilience for learning and achieving greatness, teaching the importance of making on-going changes and improvements during every stages. Most importantly we allow our children to learn in a safe and stimulating environment, where their views are valued.
D&T is taught through meaningful lessons in which, children are taught through the three phases of designing, making and evaluating their own products. Each task will focus on a separate set of skills. As children progress through the school, they are presented with opportunities to develop these skills, as similar topics are revisited and built upon. Alongside our creative curriculum, we also use Projects on a Page scheme of work, which allows the teachers to be creative with their lessons, whilst still ensuring all aspects of the National Curriculum are covered.
We split the terms between D&T and Art, with subjects alternating each half term as the subjects fit into the creative curriculum. All children are challenged during D&T lessons through continuous verbal feedback and through problems presented to them. During D&T lessons, many cross-curricular links are observed. Maths links are easy to come across during any D&T lesson; children are continuously measuring during the ‘design’ and ‘make’ phases of lessons. During cooking topics, children are measuring out ingredients, as well as calculating the quantities of different recipes. Instructions are often created as part of the ‘design’ phase, which has a direct link to English. Through the children presenting their products confidently oracy skills are practiced. Science knowledge is practiced when children are creating products that contain electrical components.
Each topic ends with all children creating a final product; these products are a fantastic way for children to demonstrate the skills they have learnt. Throughout the school, children are given the opportunity to consolidate their skills by creating their final product independently. Each lesson builds on the previous and children’s skills are improved upon throughout each topic. It is also clear to see the progression of skills throughout the school through the quality of products each year group creates. All our children, including disadvantaged and SEND children, are able to access the computing curriculum through differentiation and support where appropriate. Subject and school leaders monitor the impact of our curriculum provision through completing regular monitoring, that includes listening to the voice of our children.