The school believes that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design such as line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, and 3D form, are developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. The school’s long-term curriculum plans make effective thematic links within Art and Design which makes the subject purposeful and engaging for our pupils. This thematic approach means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. Each term the children are also introduced to art work from a range of famous and local artists, where children are encouraged to evaluate other artists work and apply similar techniques within their own work. Sketchbooks are in use to develop ideas, carry out observational sketches and preliminary work for projects, and as a record of work that children have produced. The school ensures that opportunities throughout the year are planned for co-ordinated whole-school project work which ensures that art is given high status within the curriculum. The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures, enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment. The Art curriculum at Buntingsdale Primary School and Nursery contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection.