Art & Design
Our principal aim is that children leave Eaton Valley Primary School with a wide range of happy and rich memories in Art and Design. These will be formed through interesting and exciting experiences that enhance a child’s awareness of their own abilities and strengths as a learner. Children will meet the National Curriculum expectations in Art and Design, which will be taught by highly-enthusiastic, qualified staff who will support children to develop mastery of concepts and inspire enthusiasm and interest in Art and Design.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, sewing and 3D work and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works to develop knowledge and styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.
It is paramount that artwork be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have the means to measure their own work against this.
In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process with evidence of age-related verbal and written reflection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Art & design and this is reflected in good progress that reveals a clear learning journey. SEND children are supported through differentiated learning activities. This may include differentiating through outcome, support or through simplifying the learning objective. However, the main objective is for children to investigate, experiment and overall have fun with their creativity.
Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Art & Design and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education. All lessons provide clear outcomes that focus and guide all Art & Design development plans and drive improvement. The outcomes of children are monitored by the class teacher and subject lead through assessment and marking, tracking, book scrutiny and pupil interviews. Children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line shape, form and space, experimenting with and refining their use of different materials. Children will be able to write/think and talk about art (in terms of the formal elements colour, line, tone, shape, pattern, texture) and be able to record their ideas (drawing from observation). Children will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques, producing creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
They will be able to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
Children will be able to develop ideas from looking at the work of others and famous pieces of artwork giving opinions. They will develop the key skills of commenting, adapting, exploring, collecting and responding. Through wider reading in Art & design, children will know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development in their art forms. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best of the best.
The impact of our Art and Design Curriculum is that it equips our children to be risk takers, evaluators, to be reflective and engaged learners with the ability to make the right choices that will have a positive life-long impact.