At Lainesmead, we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art gives pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge to enable them to express their ideas and their imagination.
Art education 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 able to develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity in the world around them.
Early Years Foundation Stage - Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
Key Stage 1 and 2 - The National Curriculum for Art aims to ensure that all pupils: • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art learning is recorded in sketchbooks across the school and should typically evidence all the different skills. We encourage children to treat their sketchbooks like journals and their thoughts and learning are recorded in a format that they would like to use, for example, using thought bubbles. Each child is unique, and each sketchbook should be unique, enabling children to develop their independence and creativity.
Teachers assess children’s knowledge, understanding and skills in Art by making observations of the children working during lessons. Children are also encouraged to be critical of their own work, highlighting their own next steps. Twice a year, foundation subject assessment grids are completed by class teachers, when the Assessment grids have been updated, the Curriculum leader analyses the data and provides feedback in order to inform and improve future practice.