Art at New Moston
At New Moston Primary School, we believe that art and design stimulates our learner’s imagination, creativity and individual flair. Art and Design as an integral part of our children’s education and forms part of their entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our curriculum design is to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to be able to experiment, invent and create their own works of art expressing their own individual interests, thoughts and ideas. As a school it is our intent to provide all children with an enriched curriculum which highlights a clear progression of art and design skills as they progress through the different year groups; developing a proficiency in drawing, painting; understanding colour and shade and sculpture; with the overall aim of developing a rigorous understanding, critical awareness and inspiration of art and design. Our learners should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at New Moston Primary School is underpinned by the National Curriculum and is adapted to the individual needs of our school community. It ensures a well-structured approach to this creative subject and is primarily linked to topics in both KS1 and KS2. Our Art Curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression of skills and knowledge from EYFS to Year 6.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. From EYFS Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. EYFS children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem. Areas in KS1 and 2 covered include sketching, painting, printing based on topic work such as Roman mosaic patterns, WW2 propaganda posters, Cubism when looking at Picasso, Pop Art and the works of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning. The children's learning is further enhanced with whole school art projects. More detail can be found in our Long Term plans and knowledge organisers.
Our Art and Design curriculum will ensure that all pupils have the skills and knowledge as outlined within the National Curriculum, and an appreciation and understanding of Art within the world.
At New Moston Primary School we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Observing children actively learning within Art and design sessions.
- Observations in sketch books (which pass with the child throughput their school journey)
- Images of children completing tasks
- Talking to the children about their learning
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum to parents.
- Learning walks
The Art and Design subject leader will continually monitor the impact teaching is having on the children’s learning, through self-evaluation, to ensure the progress of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and built upon so that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning. Impact will also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, teacher assessment, pupil discussion and feedback (pupil voice) and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning. Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within the Early Years Framework and their progress tracked using Tapestry observations.
By the time children leave New Moston Primary School, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively. They will have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques, becoming artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years and respond critically to their own and other’s work.