At Fordcombe Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They 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 national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Below we detail our implementation plans and the impact we deliver.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Fordcombe Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. Areas covered include sculpture, mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the Victorians, Castles, Arabic culture, colour theory, natural art, painting, pointillism, Pop Art and the works of the Impressionist artists. More detail can be found in our Long Term plan.
The work 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 ‘Big Art’ days when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Tapestry system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.