A curriculum designed for Lyme Community Primary School
VISUAL ART – CURRICULUM INTENT
Purpose of study
Throughout their time at Lyme Community Primary School children are provided with a variety of fun, relevant and exciting topic based experiences which enhance their natural desire to stimulate creativity, imagination and inventiveness. They are given the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual form.
Visual art is an exciting practical area of learning which challenges all pupils. The subject fosters an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design and shows development of ideas and their own skills, through the use of a sketchbook. It develops their ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a growing variety of forms and media. Visual art develops the use of a range of tools, media and processes. It develops an understanding of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and pupils can apply this knowledge to their own work.
Pupils in Early Years are given opportunities to be imaginative by representing their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art. They are given the freedom to freely explore resources and pursue their own creative interests and talents in addition to the planned learning experiences. There is an emphasis on independence and self-initiated learning.
In KS1 children are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They will use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. Children will develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. They will learn about the work of a range of artists, making links to their own work. For example, in Year 1, through the Learning Challenge curriculum, children will use L S Lowry as part of their history topic as well as art.
In KS2 children are given opportunities to create sketch books to record their observations and improve their mastery of art and design techniques. These include drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of materials. Pupils will continue to look at the work of great artists, architects and designers in history. Art if used as a means of sharing talents and gives children opportunities and experiences to develop holistically.
At Lyme, children are given the opportunity to explore art in more detail through arts week. Each class will focus on an aspect of art and look at a particular artist. This is often used in conjunction with other subjects such as dance, drama and music to develop more meaningful learning experiences.
Assessment and Curriculum Planning
Here at Lyme Community Primary School we believe children should be taught to evaluate their art work, using this as a platform from which to develop their creativity and skill. In Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand of Expressive Arts and Design, though aspects of creativity and inventiveness can be seen in all areas of the creative curriculum.
At KS1 & 2 we use the National Curriculum objective statements to monitor individual pupil progress against the key stage expectations. The system assesses pupil progress against age appropriate descriptors; this enables teachers to monitor which pupils are working towards their age related expectations and who may be exceeding these goals. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.