At Moorlands we believe that learning through and about art enriches the school experience. Art and design is a vital part of children’s education and is crucial for supporting the development of well-rounded children.
Art can encourage self- expression and creativity and can build confidence as well as a sense of individual identity. Learning skills and techniques in art and design helps to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to think creatively and innovatively, equipping them well for life in the 21st century.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form.
Our art and design curriculum is based on the National Curriculum requirements and supported by Cornerstones Maestro. Art and design is taught as a discrete subject, ensuring the teaching of a broad range of skills which are logically sequenced and revisited throughout the year to allow for progression. Art lessons are based on the four stages of teaching and learning; Engage, Develop, Innovate and Express which enables opportunities for making meaningful connections with other curriculum subjects.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. Children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Children are introduced to a diverse range of male and female artists from different times and places which helps to broaden their experiences of art in the wider world.
Children’s art skills are assessed and developed by the teacher during every lesson. Formative assessment, whether it be self, teacher or peer, is integrated into every lesson to enable pupils to improve their work and develop a deeper understanding of the materials and processes. Class teachers keep records of work carried out by the children and photographs of pupil’s achievements are stored in online class folders. Art portfolios are used in KS1 to maintain a record of assessment and track progression. Sketchbooks are used in year 3 through to year 6 to record,collect, explore ideas and monitor progress over time.