Our curriculum at Broughton Primary School encompasses the following aims to meet the needs of our children and the Art curriculum is vehicle to bring these aims to life:
Aims of our curriculum
· ENGAGE – Pro-actively engage children in their education and help them to be responsible for their successes and achievements both academically and socially
Making engaging learning is central to our teaching. Learning journeys are carefully planned and made clear to the children with an outcome we are working towards and steps along the way. We have developed ‘real life’ opportunities for children to share their work which motivates the children.
· EVALUATE – They will have the ability to evaluate the choices they can make and make conscious decisions based on these evaluations
Children will have continuous opportunities to reflect and evaluate upon their work in order to recognise their successes and consider targets for them to develop. Evaluation is a useful and engaging process that incorporates creativity and participation which ultimately help the children to reach their goals.
· EMPOWER – The children will feel empowered and unafraid of challenge or initial failure
Developing a child’s sense of confidence in art is something we take seriously and the feedback they give to each other builds self-respect by helping them learn to accept criticism and praise from others. We ensure that we provide children with plentiful opportunities to develop and extend their skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
· REPONSIBLE – The children will have a developed sense of shared responsibility for things outside their immediate person.
Children will explore art from different cultures and different periods of history to help them create their own pieces of art. They will begin to understand how art contributes to culture, creativity and the wealth of a nation.
· ENJOYMENT – The children will love/look forward to coming to school (the majority of the time!)
We want our children to love art and to have no limits to what their ambitions are, knowing that they can grow up to be illustrators, graphic designers, fashion designers, curators, architects or printmakers. The curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils whilst equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
Art Curriculum Implementation
Art is planned from the National Curriculum objectives alongside the Hampshire Art Skills. Each year group has a long-term plan which outlines the learning journeys to be covered referring to the units in the National Curriculum. This is a progressive cyclical learning approach where learning is revisited over the course of each Key Stag, deepening their understanding each time.
Each learning journey is central to the teaching and this is made evident to the children. The learning journey incorporates all the skills they will be learning within the unit; therefore, children are able to understand how one lesson builds on another within the journey.
By presenting our learning this way, children have opportunities to explore different mediums for creating art, drawing on historical artists for inspiration and understanding how different cultures and periods in time influence what art is created.
We develop children with the following essential characteristics to help them become artists:
- Develop the skills to experiment, invent and create their own pieces of work
- Enable them to think critically about pieces of art
- Understanding how art creates and shapes our history
- Know how art contributes to culture, creativity and wealth of a nation
Teachers model artistic language in their teaching as we believe that within our curriculum, skills should be developed alongside knowledge. Therefore, we have a set of core skills at the centre of the curriculum which underpin everything we do. These build progressively as the children move through the school.
Art Curriculum Impact
The impact of our curriculum design will lead all children to make progress over time across key stages. We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms through class and corridor displays, in the aim that we develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.