Art and Design Vision Statement 2022-23
Our whole curriculum at Broughton C of E Primary School is built around our love of books and our English reading scheme. The art and design curriculum has been planned to enhance children’s learning around these books/topics/themes while providing rich opportunities for children to meet, and indeed exceed, National Curriculum objectives and expectations.
Our vision to motivate, inspire and foster a deeper love for art and design is interwoven with our school mission statement here at Broughton. Art gives children unique opportunities to express themselves and alternative methods of recording their ideas and experiences in a more creative way. This uniqueness is something we celebrate at Broughton – every child is different, every child learns in a different way and these differences should be ‘on display’ for everyone to recognise and appreciate.
We constantly strive to deliver high quality learning opportunities in art (and across all the arts) for our children, where knowledge and skills are built upon as the children progress through each phase. Art is now being taught in alternating blocks with design and technology, with three units of each being taught every year, six across our two-year rolling program. Each discipline (painting, sculpture, collage, printing, textiles and digital media) is taught once during each phase, with drawing being incorporated into most of these units additionally. We have developed a whole school approach to art which ensures a shared vision and progression of key knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 6. Art is the perfect ‘vehicle’ to link other areas of the curriculum by encouraging children to think creatively and we are very lucky at Broughton to have access to high-quality resources, which gives us the tools needed to teach art with precision and accuracy. Each unit of learning begins with a vocabulary exercise. This enables the children to recall the prior knowledge from previous units and allows the teacher to assess understanding and identify any potential gaps before moving children onto the next progressive step. Knowledge and skills are built upon not only from phase to phase but also from lesson to lesson within any one unit. At the end of each unit, children complete a short self-assessment and reflection activity to identify any gaps and celebrate achievements in learning.
We also recognise the importance of ‘experiences’, especially post-lockdowns, and we will continue to ensure our children have access to both visitors to school and visits out to local art workshops/galleries. Our annual ‘Broughton Art Gallery’ showcases the talents and progress of children in art across the current academic year. This, again in conjunction with our mission statement, allows us to involve parents, the church and other members of our local community in celebrating the undeniable artistic talents of our children.
Our specially dedicated creative space ‘The Studio’ enables children, and staff, to enjoy art and design in a much more spacious and suitable environment.
Our determination to foster a love of art and design outside the classroom has driven us to strive for ‘Artsmark’ status and we were very proud to be awarded silver status in 2021. Here at Broughton, we believe it is vital to give our pupils a voice in what they are taught along with the opportunities presented to them, especially in more creative subjects like art. Our Arts Council, meets at least termly to discuss, plan and assess such arts provision in school, including extra-curricular opportunities and our annual Arts Week.
The overall aim of our art and design curriculum is to ensure that our children leave primary school having experienced art in as many different forms as possible, clear in their knowledge of basic art history and skilled in many of the disciplines with a clear understanding of their likes and dislikes. We aim to ensure our children leave in Year 6 understanding that art is not simply sitting down with a pencil or pen and drawing what they can see. We believe that in order to reflect more modern day approaches to art, our children must investigate, and experience where possible, art in different and more modern forms, such as installation art, bottle top art, wire art etc. We aim to ensure that they have found their strengths in the subject and understand that art is a viable and rewarding career choice in so many different ways