At Parkside Primary School, it is our intent to promote and encourage a love of art. Through a variety of art opportunities, we aim to engage, inspire and challenge our children equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our high-quality knowledge rich art provision enables our children to gain a firm understanding of what art is. They will be educated in the genres of different artists and research and explore those artists so that they become aware of the differing styles of traditional, modern and contemporary. They will also critique other artists work so they become more aware of their own and others’ cultural heritage. The overall key concepts of line, tone, colour, shape, pattern, texture and form are taught alongside the art skills of drawing, painting, sculpture, collage and printing. ‘Art is not just a subject to learn but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, and your whole personality.’ Quentin Blake.
The art curriculum ensures the skills and knowledge that our children will develop throughout each unit are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. In each art unit the children will:
This ensures that every child has the opportunity to be an artist. The children learn about an artist from different historical periods at the start of each unit of work and are exposed to a wide range of different artists during the two year cycle. The children are also exposed to specific vocabulary which links to the skills, the artist and the artwork. This is mapped from Early Years, Key Stage One and then Key Stage Two to ensure progression. At Parkside, we embrace the ‘Rosenshine Principles of Learning’ for all pupils including our children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). The delivery of the Art curriculum involves the careful planning of lessons ensuring plenty of opportunities for the over learning of key facts and the mastery of key skills.
Art is taught in a subject block of a week comprising of four lessons termly. The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media. The children also record their journey in sketchbooks.
In Early Years, art is an intrinsic element of the curriculum. On a daily basis, art is celebrated and welcomed through different activities which encourage the use of line and colour. Materials are accessible to the children on a daily basis so they can develop their ideas and imagination. The children also learn about a different artist each term.
Art is given a high status in the curriculum and any opportunities for extra – curricular links both in the school and in the community are taken. This ensures that the children have cultural experiences, which shows that art is important to life at Parkside all year round.
At Parkside, we aim that the sketchbooks, classroom and corridor displays reflect the pride of the children’s artwork. The sketchbooks will show the appropriate language that the children have used when critiquing and evaluating their own work as well as other artists. They will also show a breath of knowledge of the different artists. We hope to develop our children’s cultural capital through the accumulation of rich knowledge and skills and develop them as artists by providing different community opportunities for the children to become inspired.