At Parklands we prioritise and celebrate Art’s importance, as we believe it stimulates creativity and imagination. Though following the National Curriculum, using our topic-based approach through Cornerstones, and shaping this to our own personal sequence, we believe that art provides an opportunity for self-expression and communication in our school setting. We value art and highlight the importance of this by giving each child their own quality A4 sketch book at the start of Key Stage One. This then follows them to Year 6 to that they can celebrate their journey as artists during their time at Parklands.
We strive to teach a broad and balanced art curriculum, which provides the children with exciting prospects to express themselves whilst simultaneously developing their art and design skills and knowledge. Through our art curriculum, we would like to develop children’s confidence on experimenting with art and making this individualised, rather than an emphasis on perfection or a uniform outcome.
Our subject intent is to:
- Provide a rich environment in which we encourage our children to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and materials. Investigating lines, shapes, colours and textures help our children with the basics and enable other work such as 3D and printing to happen.
- Provide opportunities for children to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Make opportunities for the children to become part of school projects that include paint and craft that contribute to the school environment
- Encourage children to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design, as well as doing this to their own and peer’s work.
- Teach about modern and historical great artists, craft makers and designers, and participate in projects that are inspired by a variety of these.
- Always to maintain high expectations of pupil’s abilities, allowing children autonomy over their art journey so that they can learn and grow.
- Encourage confidence and evaluative skills so that the children can become independent on their own artistic journey.
- Ensure art is accessible, ambitious and provides cultural capital to all pupils, including those who are disadvantaged, and pupils with SEND
- Provide children with opportunities related to art that contribute to the wider community.