Art and Design
Purpose and Aims
For pupils to be engaged, inspired and challenged, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
- To develop ideas from starting points of sketching, pattern, texture, shading and exploring/ developing their original ideas
- To master techniques in painting, collage, sculpture, print, textiles and digital media
- To take inspiration from great artists, classical and modern as well as nationally and international
Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways
- Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of artists, craft makers and artistic movements both classical and modern.
- Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like historians
Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.
Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching art and design so that every opportunity is taken to relate art and design to the needs of our pupils. Art and design is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the matters, skills and processes in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage and involve pupil.
Progression and Assessment
Our progression has 3 key objectives which mirror the 3 aims of the subject. We set out our expectations around Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that re repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (We call it Paddling), Advancing (we call in snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the milestone and some will have a deep understanding.
Assessment and reporting
We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.
Monitoring, evaluation and improvement
The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.
Year 6 School Trip to the V&A Museum, October 2018
Yesterday Year 6 had an AMAZING day at the V&A to visit the Frida Kahlo exhibition and learn about the inspiring resilience she showed throughout her life and to explore the ‘Future Starts Here’ science and technology of the future exhibit. The children (and adults!) were incredibly engaged, curious and playful and behaved beautifully throughout. Lots of deep moral and ethical issues to reflect on from exhibits over the coming weeks in class. It was lovely to see the children so happy at lunchtime playing in the paddling pool and putting into practise some of our mental health awareness learning: yoga, fresh air and cold water in one to encourage positive mental health! So proud of each and every child and so grateful for our wonderful trip.
Aboriginal artwork in Year 2 for Going Global Week
Carnival Costume Making
Dulwich Art Gallery
Fish hanging mobiles Year 5
Harpenden Academy School Banner
Harpenden Schools Art Competition
Inspiration from Banksy
Paper cakes Year 6
Snow Day in Reception
Year 1 Rangoli Patterns
Year 5 Masks
Beast of the East
On Wednesday, 27 February 2018, Year 6 braved the ‘Beast of the East’ and travelled (via several trains and tubes!) to Dulwich Art Gallery for a wonderful David Milne art workshop and tour of the art gallery. The trip links to our North America topic as the artist was Canadian and painted American and Canadian landscapes. The children were so engaged in both sessions and we learnt lots about perspective, complementary colours, dazzle spots and more!
We were all very proud of our growth mindset in finding alternative travel routes due to broken down trains and snow-related cancellations.
We will be setting up an exhibition for you to view our art work later this term so watch this space!