At New Park we love art! We want all of our children to believe they are artists. We are driven to ensure that the children in our school are inspired to become professionals of the future including illustrators, designers and photographers. The children will have a range of opportunities to appreciate the work of various artists, their artwork and their different styles. The art curriculum has been designed to ensure all skills objectives are taught and it allows the children to learn and develop their skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, sculpture and digital art. This allows the children to have the opportunity to express their own personal ideas, interests and thoughts and through meaningful evaluation the children can think critically and improve their own artwork effectively.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at New Park Primary School is based on the National Curriculum. The Art subject leader has developed a progression of skills model which ensures that the teaching and learning of Art shows progression across all key stages.
Art is taught discretely each week to ensure full coverage of the desired skills and knowledge. Children have access to topic-specific knowledge organisers which highlight and support what is being taught in each topic. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of their artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. 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.
To ensure that art is given high status in our school, the subject leader works in collaboration with the themed-week coordinator to organise annual Arts weeks which enable further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge and enrich our art curriculum.
At New Park primary, teachers use formative assessments in every art lesson to inform their short-term plans and reactive interventions. By continually assessing the children, it allows us to support and meet the needs of all of our pupils. Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record progress and attainment against the National Curriculum. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons, ensuring all children are supported and challenged appropriately.