Subject Leader: Mrs T Levitt
The Curriculum at Holme upon Spalding Moor Primary School
The Intent, implementation and Impact of our Curriculum – of Art and Design.
Art and Design
Art and Design opportunities at Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School are intended to engage, enthuse and inspire children to be creative and inventive when working with a range of mediums and equipment. Children are encouraged to recognise how works of art inform us of our past and capture the present. They are taught to appreciate the many cultures of our nation through the medium of art; whilst respecting diversity.
It is the intent of Holme on Spalding Moor Primary School for Art and Design to be an exciting, enriching subject. We believe in providing the children with an opulent menu of creative opportunities which encourage inspiration to flow, creativity to be recognised and skills to be developed. Children are provided with an array of mediums, techniques and tools to work with. They are taught to discuss the works of others and self-reflect on their own work. Art and Design is clearly visible throughout the school. It intertwines among all curriculum areas and is a valuable tool in show casing many curriculum subjects.
As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations we aim to ensure that all pupils:
Each year group follows a termly art project, one artist per term being intensely studied alongside each art project. Children work within a range of contexts and in doing so broaden skills across a wide span of disciplines such as Technology, Computing and History. Flexibility when allocating time to Art and Design activities enables teachers to create lengthened blocks of time in order to promote an uninterrupted and productive method of working. Such flexibility with planning also allows the specific expertise of staff to be utilised. The whole school joins together to annually create a whole school art gallery, based in our school hall. Such celebrated art work displays a shared focus and clearly portrays visible progress.
Each child’s knowledge, understanding and specific skills acquired are continually monitored and assessed by the teacher / HLTA delivering the lessons. Immediate feedback is given both verbally and in written format. This assessment is then used to inform the proceeding lesson, plan support and channel focus as required. Individual sketch books are used by each child from year one upwards, such books provide a personal, invaluable resource and move on with the child. In such a way visible progression can be easily noted and children have readily available a point of contact to refer back to. Children can revisit techniques taught, use previous tasks to inform current work and reflect on personal progress made. Art and Design is also monitored by the subject leader who keeps a visual portfolio of Art work across the school and updates termly. The Art and Design subject leader takes responsibility for working alongside staff to continually review termly art tasks and provide guidance and help as requested. The Art and Design subject leader co-ordinates, for the whole school, all equipment / tools and maintains the good wealth of materials that we are fortunate to have available to work with.