Art Curriculum Statement
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." -Benjamin Franklin
“If children’s entire school experience has been designed to push them through mark scheme hoops, rather than developing a deep body of knowledge, they will struggle in later life.” Amanda Spielman
Pupils learn best when their curiosity is engaged. We use a skill-based approach when teaching art that links to our Learning Challenge Curriculum. Key questions and clear learning objectives are used to plan lessons. The Knowledge and Skills Progression Document outlines the media and materials that will be used in each year group. This ensures that children can utilise their skills in different ways as they move through school.
- Each art project clearly sets out what pupils are expected to achieve by the end of the unit of teaching. It also specifies vocabulary pupils must develop as closing the language gap is key to addressing the social disadvantage many of our children face. (“Vocabulary size is related to academic success and schooling is crucial for increasing the breadth of pupils’ vocabulary” Clive Davies OBE Focus Education)
- To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, children relate their projects to artists, crafts people, designers and cultural traditions.
- In order to be long term, key skills are built upon throughout a child’s time at school. Planning is related to clear outcomes, taken from our long term plans. These are shared with the children. To ensure continuity, all children in school have a sketchbook and this is used regularly to explore and experiment with: colour, shape, line, texture, form and different techniques.
- Art is taught through bespoke planned sequences, developed in collaboration with an art specialist.
- Grange Farm is an inclusive school. Within the teaching of Art and Design, all pupils have access to the whole curriculum and are supported to make progress. Teachers respond to individual needs and support appropriately, ensuring all children are exposed to the correct level of challenge.