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 the transferable skills students develop, such as resilience, problem-solving, critical thinking, and self-expression positively influence their overall academic progress and contribute to their personal and social development. At Moorlands, we aim to develop pupils’ artistic skills, nurture their ability to think critically, and encourage them to express their ideas and emotions through various artistic mediums. We aspire to unlock their creative potential and equip them with the necessary knowledge and skills to appreciate and engage with art throughout their lives.
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 are provided with a rich environment in which creativity is encouraged and valued. They are provided with opportunities to develop their art skills and engage in a wide range of creative art activities through play and exploration. Children are given opportunities to work independently and collaboratively as part of child initiated and adult focused learning within the EYFS curriculum. The adults working alongside the children play an important role in helping to facilitate the children’s imaginative development which lays the foundation for Key Stage 1.
Art in Action
Pupil’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 across the school to maintain a record of assessment and track progression. Sketchbooks are used across the school for children to record,collect, explore ideas and they enable teachers to monitor progress in art over time.