Subject Knowledge Overview
Progression of Skills
How do we teach Art?
At Bromham Primary School, Art and design education should be fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design; providing a broad and balanced and differentiated curriculum, enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination, develop the children’s competence in controlling materials and tools, acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes, begin to develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space, foster enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers, increase critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and analyse works using the language of art and design and develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects.
Art and design teaching at Bromham Primary School instils an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern. Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.
The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:
- To engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
- As pupils progress through school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
- To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers
All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs. As well as this, our school offers a demanding and varied curriculum, providing children with a range of opportunities in order for them to reach their full potential and consistently achieve highly from their starting points.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught discretely, but links are made where relevant, for example in Year 1 when the children are studying their local natural environment in Art and Design, they study Andy Goldsworthy’s and his sculptures using the natural environment.
The art and design curriculum at Bromham Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. The curriculum focuses on the key skills stated in the National Curriculum, by exploring a range of media, different artists and developing their use of sketch books, which they keep as they go through the school. At Bromham, we try to ensure that art and design is given the same importance as other core subjects, as we feel it is important in enabling all children to gain knowledge and skills in all subjects, as we continue to recognise the unique potentials of all our children.
Teachers plan lessons for their class with the help of the KAPOW lesson outlines, which provides them with quality videos and ideas to improve their confidence and professional development in teaching art from trained specialists. They also use the progression of skills document to ensure the skills and knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
Within art and design, we strive to create a supportive and collaborative ethos for learning by providing the children with a range of different activities to improve their skills. The children complete their learning in a sketch book, which they keep on their journey throughout the school. This is a way for teachers to be able to help them refer back to previous learning before they start a topic, so they can recall what they have already learnt and what they could do, the children then build on these skills. The pupils and teachers can also use this to look at progression in art for each pupil when assessing their work.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Images of the children’s practical learning.
- Pupil book studies, where children are interviewed about their learning, and what they can recall. (Pupil Voice)
- Learning walks of the environment and photographs of sequences of learning are taken, this is then discussed during staff meetings, where sequences of learning are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.
- Marking of work in books.
External measures are also used to moderate the learning taking place, such as attending CPD events to learn about different art and design curriculums in other settings, and use this to provide feedback to staff and continue to improve the art and design provision at Bromham Primary.