St Paul’s RC Primary School
At St Paul’s RC Primary School we believe art should be fully inclusive to every child.
Our aims are to:
Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. At St Paul’s we begin each topic with a big question which guides the unit of work. We ask questions and note down key vocabulary words to develop our artist vocabulary.
The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a half-termly unit of work, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At St Paul’s, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
The art and design curriculum at St Paul’s RC Primary School is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum in England, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. The progression document ensures the curriculum is covered and the skills/knowledge taught is progressive from year group to year group.
When teaching art and design, teachers should follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. A variety of teaching approaches are used based on the teacher’s judgement.
Children showing extensive aptitude in art and design will be placed on our schools gifted and talented register. These children will be selected for appropriate enrichment opportunities throughout the year.
At St Paul’s RC Primary School, we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom. We have regular art days /weeks and after-school art clubs. These also offers an opportunity for parents to engage with the school and join in with their children’s learning.
Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional art learning outside the classroom. At St Paul’s RC Primary School, the children have had many opportunities to experience art and design on educational visits. The children have explored local museums/art galleries and had visitors into school to share art and design learning and have hands on experiences.
Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: