Art & Design Policy
Art & Design Policy
At Torrisholme Community Primary School we ensure that all pupils:
- Have access to holistic learning experiences which encourage the use of playful, sensory explorations with a range of media and materials
- Develop the confidence to respond creatively to what they see, hear, touch, taste and smell
- Become skilled in drawing, painting, 3D form, printing and collage
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about a range of notable artists, craft makers and designers from throughout history
In line with the National Curriculum, we give pupils opportunities to be creative through a variety of media, including paint, pencils, pastels and clay. Pupils explore colour, texture and mood within artists’ work to support their understanding and are given opportunities to express their feelings and emotions through art. Pupils explore artists’ choices around expression and technique, gaining an understanding of the related narratives and are actively encouraged to form and share their opinions about their own work, the work of their peers as well as the work of specific artists.
Art & Design is taught through four main strands:
Develop ideas – the development of a sketchbook habit, by looking and talking and through making.
Master techniques – the development of key skills linked to our whole school progression document, experimentation of different media, key vocabulary and the exploration of primary and secondary sources.
Evaluating and Analysing – the use of whole class, small group and one to one opportunities to share thoughts and opinions.
Knowledge and Understanding – the ability to use the appropriate vocabulary when talking about skills, techniques, processes and characteristics of different styles.
Our aims are underpinned by our curriculum intent and values.
For every child to enjoy an innovative, creative and inclusive curriculum that provides them with the skills and experiences to flourish. To provide the foundations for lifelong learning, aspirational futures and commitment to make a positive impact on the world.
Respect, Trust, Courage, Kindness, Thankfulness, Humility
At Torrisholme Community Primary school, our intent is for children to:
Through the study of art & design our aim is to promote careful observations of the world around us in order for children to better understand; people and places, cultures and beliefs, feelings and emotions, natural and man-made features and the past.
The Art & Design curriculum at Torrisholme Community Primary School incorporates the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum 2014 alongside many other experiences and opportunities which best meet the learning and developmental needs of the children in our school community.
Children in each year group follow a program of progressive skills in drawing, painting, 3D form, printing and collage which are taught in discrete Art lessons. Wherever possible visits, enhancements and sessions with specialist teachers are used to inspire, develop and promote the development of key skills, techniques and processes. Teaching is done in whole class groups where children have the opportunity to respond to primary and secondary sources with any new skills being modelled, alongside clear explanations, by the class teacher. This is followed by opportunities for individual and group work. During these times, children have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas and techniques. They are also involved in evaluating their work, celebrating success and identifying areas for improvement.
In the EYFS there is a continuous provision of Art & Design opportunities: these activities make important contributions to the children’s development as they learn to respond to the world around them. They are also important in children’s Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
The structure of the Art curriculum ensures that children are able to develop their knowledge and understanding of the work of artists, craft makers and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this knowledge to their own work.
Children learn to understand and apply the key principles of art: line, tone, texture, shape, form, space, pattern, colour, contrast, composition, proportion and perspective. The opportunity for children to refine and develop their skills overtime is supported by effective lesson sequencing and a clear progression between year groups.
Classroom and whole school displays reflect our sense of pride in the children’s artwork. The wider school environment also celebrates the children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with individual works enhancing the school entrance as well as meeting rooms.
The Art curriculum at Torrisholme Community Primary School contributes to children’s personal development and mental health and well-being.
The monitoring of Art & Design is carried out through: