Art and Design
At St Paul’s CofE VC Junior School we believe that EVERY child can be an artist. We believe that EVERY child, regardless of gender, race, religion, ability/disability can achieve and make progress within Art and Design. At St Paul’s CofE VC Junior School, we value Art and Design as an integral part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It provides children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
We encourage children to explore ideas and meanings through the work of a range of artists and designers and through links to each Year group’s topic work.
At St Paul’s CofE VC Junior School we aim to:
✓ Promote an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design
✓ Provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity
✓ Plan and deliver a broad and balanced curriculum to all children
✓ Foster an appreciation of the work of artists and crafts people from different times and cultures
✓ Extend and enrich other curriculum areas and extra-curricular activities through the teaching and learning of art
✓ Develop children’s ability to observe, investigate, record and respond the world around them through a variety of media
✓ Teach pupils about visual and tactile elements including line, tone, colour, pattern, texture, shape, form and space
✓ Develop their visual language and ability to express their ideas and feelings in order to evaluate their own work and that of others
✓ Enable children to make increasingly informed and creative choices of media, tools and techniques for a given purpose through making their own art
✓ Train children in the safe and appropriate use and maintenance of tools and techniques in accordance with health and safety requirements.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at St Paul’s CofE VC Junior School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject. The children are taught Art and Design as an individual subject, but with connections to each Year group’s topics or other subjects, ensuring that links are made between art and other areas of the curriculum and learning content is relevant and meaningful for children.
Our whole school Art Progression document is referred to when planning lessons which ensures coherent curriculum coverage in each class and a clear progression of knowledge and skills across year groups.
Each pupil has a sketchbook which they keep throughout their time at our school.
Pupils enjoy taking part in a broad and balanced curriculum. They areâ€¯given a range of opportunities to express themselves creatively. Ongoing formative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
Artwork produced is of high quality and children take pride in what they produce. The content of art lessons is meaningful to pupils and enriches work in other areas across the curriculum.
Pupils’ sketch books demonstrate that control and technique with media such as pencil, pastel and paint improve over time. Sketch books contain experimentation of skills, design, annotations and sometimes photographs. Final creations of artwork are either produced in sketchbooks or on a larger scale and then displayed.
Progression of Skills