Art and Design at English Martyrs' is centred around the idea of our children becoming global citizens to ensure they develop a greater understanding, awareness and appreciation of the world, cultures around the world and the cultures of the students attending English Martyrs'. Art and Design lessons are inclusive to ensure we maximise the potential of all students as they are given opportunities to learn new skills, build on existing skills and increase their ability to look at the world around them as artists, using a rich vocabulary to express and communicate their thoughts and ideas. We ensure all lessons are sequential in order to develop creativity. A creative approach is taken whereby we generate ideas from starting points, make by using learned techniques and evaluate our successes.
We fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design by:
Art and Design is delivered by teaching a specific discipline of Art termly across each phase, in order to allow opportunity for the progression of skills as the child journeys through each Key Stage. Each unit of Art has a theme relating to the wider world, cultures of the world or the Unicef Global Goals and Children's rights. Each unit is creatively planned, using the creative process to sequence lessons and the Chris Quigley Art Skills Progression Map to ensure relevant skills for each discipline are being taught. We ensure lessons recap and build on prior knowledge, and are differentiated for inclusion. For instance, using a wider variety of skills and aids to encourage and support all learners.
In addition to this, we also teach Art and Design through cross curricular opportunities, such as: accessing texts about famous artists in Whole Class Reading, using digital media in other subjects and during celebratory days and focusing on and producing religious Art in Religious Education. Furthermore, we also offer extra-curricular activities for Art, with after school clubs.
Every child has a sketchbook which includes an Art History timeline and key artistic vocabulary. This is used to evidence their journey through the Key Stages, identifying progress by highlighting the child's knowledge, their ability to think and communicate like an artist, their mastering of skills and their ability to self-assess and evaluate themselves as artists.
Our classrooms and cupboards are well-resourced to ensure we have the necessary media and tools to teach a breadth of disciplines, and we ensure the key elements are Art and Design are visible and on display for learners to continue developing the ability to think and communicate like artists.
This year, we plan to encourage gallery visits, artist collaborations, to enter and run art competitions and have Art days/half days to continue to excite learners and expand their enjoyment for Art.
Staff training sessions for class teachers on the delivery of Art and Design and subject expectations has seen a great impact on the quality of teaching and learning of Art across the school. This is visible in sketchbooks and planning.
Our Art and Design curriculum is well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression.
Children are given the opportunity to revisit Art disciplines throughout each phase.
We focus on monitoring the progression of generating ideas, artistic skills, knowledge of artists and artistic vocabulary and evaluation. We measure the impact of our curriculum and teaching and learning through the following methods:
Our school also works in collaboration as part of the Sorsum Corda (a group of Catholic Schools across the city); here the subject leaders meet and discuss aspects of the Art and Design curriculum, sharing good practice and ideas for purposeful teaching and learning. We discuss and compare how Art and Design is monitored and its impact measured.