Art and Design Technology

Art Intent
Fundamentally, the subject of art is instrumental in equipping children to become fully rounded individuals. We inhabit a sensory world and are continually required to make sense of imagery, extract meaning and respond to and from our surroundings.

At KGPS we want to promote a healthy curiosity in our children, to explore, appreciate and understand the world around them. In our culturally rich society art is a tool to encourage children to learn about and celebrate different cultures and lifestyles and thereby become more accepting of other people’s beliefs and traditions.

Art then is a vehicle through which children can develop individuality, aid their communication skills and express their ideas. We believe that by finding their own unique and original voice, they can grow in their self-confidence. Building on this confidence and encouraging self-expression, further enriches a child’s ability to reason and explain their intentions. Therefore, art creates a foundation of skills and knowledge that contributes towards preparing them for the future.

When children learn to use a variety of artistic processes and techniques, this develops their fine motor skills. They can learn to present their work beautifully, widen their skill set and deepen their understanding of the formal elements of Art, craft and design. These skills can be transferred across to other subjects, improving overall quality and effective presentation of ideas in all areas.

Finally, when children experience their work on display they can take pride in their achievements and be encouraged that their ideas and efforts are being actively celebrated within their school community.

Implementation

  • All pupils in Y1-6 have an hour of art timetabled each week.
  • Lessons are taught by our dedicated art teacher
  • The curriculum offer is broad and balanced, driven by key knowledge that we want children to acquire. Core knowledge, skills and art history are re-visited over time so that learning goes deeper.
  • The teaching pedagogy includes direct instruction/ modelling of new learning supported by retrieval practice of previous skills and knowledge.
  • Knowledge organisers support the recall of key information about Art and artists and support the correct use of related vocabulary

Impact
The impact of our art curriculum is measured as follows

  • Learning reviews
  • Outcome assessment – evaluation of children’s final pieces
  • Pupil voice ( ability to express verbally their knowledge, response to art teaching, ideas and links to wider society)
  • Knowledge assessments
  • Exhibition feedback


Design technology
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