We are having a wonderful art week! Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 have been learning about an indian artist - Jivya Some Mashe. He belongs to the Warli tribe in India and makes traditional pictures depicting his tribe using lots of square, triangular and circular shapes.
The children have practised this by printing on paper and material and have even tried wearing traditional clothing.
“Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which
aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Week, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art, throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.”
Quote from the National Curriculum 2014
At Reydon Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, 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.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Reydon Primary School is based on the National Curriculum and supported by the Suffolk Art Scheme plans, ensuring a well structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. Areas covered include sculpture (including the work of Sir Henry Moore and Giacometti), mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the Tudor houses, nature, Mexican art, Christian art and symbols, painting, pointillism, graffiti and the works of the Impressionist artists. More detail can be found in our Long Term plan.
The work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning.
The children's learning is further enhanced with a whole school arts week in the summer term where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
Pupils are taught:
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
Summative assessments take place throughout the year and teachers record the progress and attainment against the National Curriculum expectations of attainment. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately. This data is analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Further information is gathered through pupil questionnaires; highlighting strengths and achievement and any improvements, knowledge and skills that still need to be embedded.
Final end of year assessments are made using assessment criteria that has been developed in line with the national curriculum and Target Tracker. Thus identifying the level in which the child is working.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly using the Early Excellence tracker system. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.