Art and Design
Art and Design at St Anne’s School
Subject Leader Mrs S Dovernor
“With Christ in our hearts we live life to the full.”
Through our Art and design curriculum at St Anne’s, we intend to provide awe and wonder through creative opportunities that allow our children to develop and embed key skills. Our curriculum develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As a ‘School of Excellence’ we will ensure that appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding to explore and investigate, create and evaluate artwork of a high quality as set out in the National Curriculum as this will enable the children to reach and exceed their potential at St. Anne’s Primary School. These high standards will enable pupils to create artwork with a real purpose and the pupils will feel a sense of pride in the progress they have made when their final pieces are displayed and shared.
Pupils will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of great artists and their historical and cultural background. They will also be encouraged to :express feelings and responses to the variety of creative arts globally; take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens.
The Art and Design programme of study at St Anne’s follows the National Curriculum to ensure both progression and coverage across Key Stage 1 and 2. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each Key Stage. Teachers plan lessons for their class using our progression of skills document. The progression document and using the aims of the National Curriculum ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills taught is progressive from year group to year group.
To ensure that the children have the opportunity to produce 'high quality' pieces of work we teach our Art and Design curriculum over three creative weeks: Take One Artist, Take One Book and Take One Country. During these weeks the teachers ensure that they use the children's interest to make sure that learning is engaging, broad and balanced.
The children's learning is further enhanced through the children have the opportunity to use their art and design skills in other areas of the curriculum.
Every year the children take part in art competitions and exhibitions to showcase their gifts and talents.
The impact of our Art and Design curriculum will lead to all children making progress over time across key stages relative to a child’s individual starting point and their progression of skills. Our aim is for all children to leave Saint Anne's reaching at least age-related expectations for Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum will also lead pupils to be enthusiastic Art and Design learners, evidenced in a range of ways, including pupil voice, their final pieces and sketchbooks. The impact of our Art and Design curriculum is to promote the opportunity for every child to be an artist. By embedding the formal elements, every child is encouraged to be creative, innovative and reflective on their own and others’ practice using the subject-specific vocabulary to support their reasoning. Through the use of sketchbooks and in-depth discussion around artists, their art and practices, pupils learn that art can be constantly reviewed and developed, further promoting the resilient, independent learners of Saint Anne's. Achievements are celebrated in classrooms, in galleries and corridor displays and exhibitions, we aim to develop our future artists and their appreciation of the art around them.