Art & Design
At Holy Family, we value the importance of Art & Design in enabling children to explore their ideas by experimenting, inventing and creating their own varied works using a range of materials. We aim to provide a varied, exciting and stimulating art curriculum, where through learning about the roles and functions of art they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.
In the EYFS, Art and Design are key principles of our daily provision and are developed through ‘Expressive Arts and Design’, enabling the children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
In both Key Stage 1 and 2, Art and Design is taught on alternate half terms. We aim to inspire, challenge and provide our children with a clear purpose for creating their artwork and therefore ensure it is linked to our Creative Curriculum topics to ensure it is more meaningful. A broad range of artists are referenced across the curriculum allowing children to take inspiration from a diverse array of specialists from around the world together with understanding how art and design both reflects and shapes our history and contributes to our culture.
We use the ‘Kapow Primary’ scheme of work to guide our curriculum and then tailor it to the needs of our pupils and our Creative Curriculum. The Kapow Art scheme of work is designed with four strands that run throughout. These are: Drawing, Painting and mixed media, Sculpture and 3D and Craft and design. Within these strands, skills will be developed in: Generating ideas, using sketchbooks, Making Skills (including formal elements), knowledge of arts and Evaluating and Analysing.
Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.
Art is assessed through verbal feedback and next steps, with further opportunities to create the art piece, to improve their work and ensure that the skills are being developed. The evidence is collected within the art sketch book.
Weekly after school Art Clubs are hugely popular and provide pupils in KS2 with a wealth of further opportunities to develop creative skills. Pupils artistic skills are also inspired through art trips and pupils are also actively encouraged to enter both local and national art competitions.