Art at Grenoside Community Primary School
Statement of intent for art
At Grenoside we believe that art is a vital part of every child’s education and has a significant and valuable role in our curriculum. The art curriculum develops each child’s artistic skills and vocabulary as well as their 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 consistent sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (drawing, colour, texture, form, printing and pattern) will be developed by providing a meaningful and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential; enabling the children to know more, remember more and understand more.
The skills and knowledge that children will learn and develop throughout each art topic are displayed within the Art Whole School Curriculum document; based on the Art and Design National Curriculum. 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. There are opportunities for cross-curricular links, including History, with children developing a considerable knowledge of individual artists as well as individual works and art movements. A similar focus on skills 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.
Statement of implementation for art
The Grenoside teaching sequence for art consists of four developmental stages:
- Inspiration: An artist(s) and theme is used to engage and provoke inspiration for the children. The key artist(s) are often researched and studied before evaluating and critiquing the artist’s work; focusing on the application of taught specific art vocabulary. This is recorded age appropriately.
- Design and Skill: The focused skill(s) and knowledge will be taught and practised in isolation to develop fluency.
- Creation: The art form will be created with the application of knowledge of the skill(s) taught.
- Reflection and Presentation: Time will be given to focus on reflecting upon and critiquing the children’s finalised art piece; where in some cases a presentation and celebration of their art will take place.
Coordinated whole-school project work ensures that art is given high status in the curriculum and the whole school takes part in the ‘Arts Week’ annually which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge with a whole school theme to explore. The Arts Week encourages children to discover their artist within and allows children to appreciate art as a profession in a variety of contexts.
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.
Art is taught within the Curriculum Maestro topics from EYFS to Y6 and art is taught following the art focused topics throughout the year. Therefore, art is taught weekly, fortnightly or is sometimes taught over a week period as a block. Where appropriate the teaching of art at Grenoside is taught in a carousel approach where teachers rotate their classes; this exposes the children to a range of art teaching approaches and styles and allows teachers to teach to their strengths, offering their varied skill set and interests.
Statement of impact for art
Classroom displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and shows how they are encouraged to use their imagination and creative ideas to explore a range of media and materials. The school environment celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s value to the curriculum at Grenoside. The Art curriculum at Grenoside contributes to all children’s personal development in communication, co-operation, self-esteem, creativity, independence and reflection. The children at Grenoside are mostly able to discuss their knowledge and skill development in art with confidence, showing good understanding of their art and design learning.