At Tanfield Lea Community Primary School, we recognise the vital role of Art and Design in encouraging children’s natural curiosity, creativity and self-expression and we believe it is fundamental in developing resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills. We deliver a varied and high-quality Art and Design skills-based curriculum which is engaging, inspiring and challenging.
Our Early Years Team ensure that children are immersed in a creative learning environment from their very first day. We believe we equip our children with the knowledge, skills and experience to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Art and Design is studied throughout the school in half-term units, following the National Curriculum, and links to topics to ensure a progressive approach of skills and techniques. We believe we are preparing children to develop an interest and love of art as well as providing them with the building blocks, from whatever starting point, to confidently study Art and Design further. Learning Art and Design well allows children to realise career goals in professions which rely on creativity, perseverance and self-expression (e.g. graphic designers, animators, fashion designers etc.) as well as using Art and Design in a range of other careers and for pleasure.
We aim for our children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. They will become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. We want them to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design and we want them to know about great artists, craft makers and designers. The key terms of Art and Design are developed from EYFS to KS2, with exploring ideas, designing, creating, evaluating and analysing being recurrent themes.
Topics are organised around the school’s Art and Design Progression Planning document, which allows children to study a range of techniques and famous and historical artists and artisans from various eras and cultures which support Cultural Capital. Each year, there is a clear progression of skills and vocabulary which build on prior learning – such as using tools and techniques with increasing mastery. Lessons engage the children and scaffolding is provided to make lessons accessible for all.
The curriculum is enriched by an annual Art Exhibition. All children, across the school, are given the opportunity to showcase their artistic skills by working towards a final piece of art which is shared as part of a whole-school celebration in which members of the community are invited to come and enjoy.
The subject coordinator evaluates if children are working at the required standard through work scrutiny, gathering and comparing examples of work and general observations of lessons and displays.
We want our children to become confident, independent artists who have developed a love for the subject. We therefore ensure assessment is ongoing, provides opportunities for discussion and self-evaluation and takes into account the process of Art and Design rather than a final product. We believe that by focusing on the whole journey, we will develop the curiosity, expression, creativity and critical thinking skills needed to ensure that our children leave Tanfield Lea Community Primary School ready for their next step in education.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons, ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
Subject Area Progression Maps
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