At Middleton St Mary’s CE (VC) Primary School we believe that the development of mark making and art skills is a crucial part of child development and that every child is entitled to experience it fully.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
Children are introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth; for example, by sketching historical artefacts in detail, researching geographical locations to support their work on landscape painting or using art as a medium to express emotion and thought to enhance their personal, social and emotional development.
Many areas of art link with mathematical ideas of shape and space; for example when printing repeating patterns and designs and thinking about 3D shapes to support structures. Reading is promoted through art as the children study and appreciate the work of a range of great artists, architects and designers to inspire, support and develop their own individual styles of work.
We encourage children to value the contribution made to their world from many cultures and to know how this reflects and shapes our history. Children make informed critical responses about their work and the work of others. Appreciation of the work and views of others is central to our art curriculum.
Children are clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this.
Art is taught each term in dedicated blocks to allow the sequence of an art project fully from appreciating art and different artists, exploring visual and tactile elements, practising skills and applying their skills to a final project. Teachers plan work in relation to the topic theme they are undertaking, as well as pupils’ interests and experiences. Clear, achievable, yet challenging age-related expectations, developed from the National Curriculum, allow for progression through the art curriculum.
Each child from Year 1 to Year 6 has a sketch book to allow them to practice skills, explore different media, produce a final outcome and evaluate their work and others’ work. Once children develop their knowledge of the grades of pencils, they are given their own set of sketching pencils.