Our Art and Design subject lead is Mrs Mahon.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design. We believe that Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Pupils in our school sometimes have a limited knowledge of a range of artists and their work. Our curriculum addresses these limitations through clearly identifying artists and vocabulary across our units of work on the long-term plan. Our Art and Design curriculum seeks to inspire and develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists.
As a school, and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim 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.
As a school, we have chosen to use a published scheme, Kapow Art and Design Scheme of Work to teach the Art and Design Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2. Kapow Art and Design Scheme of work enables our teachers to deliver creative, inspiring and engaging lessons and provides for progression in skills and knowledge. We are confident that the scheme of work meets the requirements for the National Curriculum for Art and Design and the Expressive Arts and Design section of the Early Years curriculum.
Art and Design at Tow Law Millennium Primary is taught in blocks throughout the year (3 units per year on a two-year rolling programme), allows the curriculum to be studied in depth; pupils will have time to complete longer pieces of work over the course of a block rather than in short weekly sessions. The coordinator has identified the key knowledge and skills of each blocked topic and consideration has been given to ensure progression across topics throughout each year group across the school. Lessons are planned and sequenced so skills and knowledge are progressive and there is an increasing challenge for the children as they move up through the school. Consideration is given to how greater depth will be taught, learnt and demonstrated within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion and equality.
In EYFS our pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. There are always opportunities for children to engage in exploring colour and use for a particular purpose, respond to a range of media and materials and develop their understanding in order to manipulate and create different effects, develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
The children’s learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
At Tow Law Millennium Primary School, Early Years staff use resources to support the curriculum and the achievement of the Early Learning Goals for Expressive Arts and Design ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative. EYFS pupils are taught in variety of ways through adult-led and supported tasks and child-initiated learning in provision areas. Practitioners will consider the Characteristics of Effective Learning when they are planning, leading or supporting learning.
Key Stage 1
The Kapow Scheme of Work for Art and Design for Key Stage 1 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately two weeks each term.
Key Stage 2
The Kapow Scheme of Work for Art and Design for Key Stage 2 is taught in a block of lessons over the period of approximately two weeks each term.
Children will become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. This will be evidenced through their sketch books, final art work and progression grids. Creativity and uniqueness will be celebrated and children will become astute at editing and improving the pieces they have created. As teachers, there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imaginations. Children will have embedded the key Art and Design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art. At Tow Law Millennium, the monitoring of foundation subjects is carried out following the whole school annual monitoring programme. The subject coordinator also monitors progress, evidence and pupil voice termly.
Please follow this link to view our curriculum policies.