At Radwinter CofE Primary, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education. It provides opportunities to develop ways in which children can share and express their individuality. We want children to embed knowledge in art and design over time so that they will develop their creativity and imagination by exploring the visual, tactile, sensory qualities of materials and processes, discuss their own work, and that of their peers by making references to artists that have inspired them.
We aim to increase the opportunities for the children to experience:
- Art from different cultures
- Art within our community
- Visits to art galleries, exhibitions, and installations
- Using different materials and techniques
Our art curriculum develops children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists and designers throughout history. Throughout the curriculum children are be given opportunities:
- To develop knowledge, understanding and skills
- To learn about materials and techniques used by artists
- To learn about the world of art, craft and design
- To recognise achievement of artists, designers and craftspeople, from many different times and cultures
- Use art as a language to communicate their ideas
Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought-out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed by providing an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
We aim to raise the standards of the pupils’ abilities in specific art and craft skills such as:
- Evaluating (including peer and self-assessment)
- Develop the use of sketchbooks in KS2 and introduce the use of sketchbooks in KS1
Children leave Radwinter with secure, embedded understanding of art based on the following concepts:
- The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate confidently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality that they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
‘’Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.’’
If you would like further information on the curriculum we teach, please contact the school directly.