Art and Design
At Wansdyke, we place a high value on art as the highest form of creativity. We recognise that Art 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 more able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation and the world in which they live.
The school uses the 2014 National Curriculum and EYFS Curriculum for directing the teaching of art. We intend to build an art curriculum, which develops learning and results in pupils knowing more and understanding how the knowledge and skills can be applied to their own artwork. We will design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge and skills in exploring, creating and evaluating artwork so that children can reach their full potential at Wansdyke School.
The school will implement a clear and comprehensive progression of skills as outlined in the National Curriculum. Children will have access key knowledge, language and meanings in order to understand and readily apply to their work of art and across the wider curriculum. Where applicable links to art will be made to develop effective learning experiences. Art is taught in a block, once a term, which enables children to focus on an Art project. The projects are intrinsically linked to important artists or movements and are time lined accordingly to give children the historical and wider world exposure. Skills and prior knowledge are built upon and revisited throughout the school and this enables children to develop a mastery approach to art.
Through the carefully structured curriculum and high quality teaching, we expect the outcomes to be effective. Children will retain knowledge about their focus artist or movement for each unit of work, remember their knowledge and understand how to use it and apply the skills demonstrated in their own artwork. This will enable children to succeed and achieve their age related expectations. Children will ultimately understand what being an ‘artist’ means.