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At St Leonard's we have designed our art curriculum to develop creativity, engage, inspire and equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art. Our artists will be confident in using a wide range of art techniques to explore their ideas and record their experiences. We will provide opportunities for all children to draw, paint, sculpt and learn the language of art. Using a cross curricula approach, all pupils will experiment and explore in meaningful contexts while building progressively on the knowledge and skills they need to become successful artists.
Through Art and Design, children can enjoy exploring and communicating their own ideas and feelings, and also come to appreciate the work of other artists, designers and craftspeople both from the present and different times and cultures.
Our Art and design curriculum is delivered through cross curricula projects, in this way all pupils can produce meaningful pieces of artwork inspired by other learning. Our Art projects are linked to our history and geography learning to enhance the pupils understanding of key historical or geographical concepts. Our KS2 artists have their own sketchbooks, to record ideas, plan, practise new technique and evaluate completed artwork. Significant artists are studied in key projects, giving all pupils further knowledge and understanding of art concepts and skills.
The teaching of art will follow the requirements of the Early Years curriculum and the National Curriculum at Key Stages 1 and 2. Approaches will vary in organisation from a formal approach, working individually, in pairs, groups, as a whole class and on a one to one, but will adhere to the aims set out. Consideration of the work set will be given to account for the varying abilities, needs and interests of the children. Every effort will be made to ensure that each child is given equal opportunities to develop to their full potential. A whole school knowledge and skills map ensures continuity and progression. Children will have access to a variety of equipment, resources and materials which they should learn to respect and use according to Health and Safety guidelines. They will be encouraged to show this in sensible preparation for and clearing away after art lessons.
Art and Design monitoring takes various forms. A key component of this is pupil self-evaluation and the confidence they have in discussing artwork they have completed. Sketch book monitoring and work monitoring throughout all year groups also takes place once a term to compliment this, allowing leaders to ensure our artists have the opportunity to develop their knowledge and skills fully. Examples of our artists’ work is exhibited throughout the school, both in classroom and communal displays.