Our Intent in Art
Children will experience an art curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to invent and create their own works of art and craft. Every child is encouraged to embrace their own unique creative journey. Children will learn to express their thoughts and emotions through art, taking risks in an environment which nurtures individuality and inclusion. Children will learn to explore and experiment in order to develop as artists, developing a resilient attitude and have an autonomy over their work. Children will begin to think critically, be reflective and respectful, developing their understanding and appreciation of Art and Design. Children will gain an understanding of how Art and Design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation.
Our Implementation of Art
Art at KEPS is taught through a skill based curriculum. Children will develop and revisit their skills and confidence in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting and printing. Children will also begin to develop a knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. They will evaluate and analyse their creative works using the language and vocabulary of art, craft and design. Art is taught in line with the EYFS Educational Programmes/Early Learning Goals (ELG) and the objectives stated in the National Curriculum for KS1/KS2. For deeper enrichment and to approach these topics from a creative perspective, where relevant, we link our art projects to other curriculum areas. At the beginning of each term, we take our objectives from the progression of skills document and plan the learning activities. The progression of skills document details the objectives (taken from the EYFS Development Matters/National Curriculum) to be covered in EYFS/KS1 and KS2. This ensures that the depth of knowledge, understanding and skills are built upon through the primary years. Weekly plans show the learning episodes. We ensure that planning incorporates the use of a wide range of media and that it allows children to experience the work of artists and craftsmen, working with a particular medium or topic, allowing critical evaluation of these artists work and enabling children to draw on their ideas for their own art. We will adapt our provision in the Art curriculum by setting suitable learning challenges, responding to pupils diverse learning needs, and overcoming potential barriers. We may choose objectives/resources/equipment for pupils with SEND that are different from those of the rest of the class or modify the curriculum to remove barriers so all pupils work on the same objectives. Teachers may use peer support where appropriate.