Warmsworth Primary School
Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement for Art
At WPS, a bespoke art curriculum has been crafted with the needs of our children at the center alongside the whole school vision, beliefs and developments. Our art curriculum is aspirational and promotes the vision that all children are artists; all able to become 21st century citizens who are able to achieve a career in the wide and varied art profession. It is designed to develop children’s creativity and imagination, with opportunities for all.
We believe that art and design should give children the knowledge and skills necessary to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. While it is essentially a practical subject, we believe that our art and design curriculum should provide opportunities for reflection and children should be encouraged to make critical responses of their own work and that of others: through collaboration, children achieve more.
At our school, together with the aims of the National Curriculum, we intend on providing opportunities for children to enjoy the subject and feel proud of their outcomes; it is important to us that all children believe they can ‘be an artist or craftsperson’.
To ensure a broad and balanced curriculum, the art curriculum is led by 5 concepts: drawing, painting, sculpture, printing and learning about artists. The progression of skills document outlines the skills to be taught each year across all 5 areas. These have been developed to meet and exceed the requirements of the NC. By developing their control and mastery of tools, techniques and media, our children can express their ideas successfully.
Over a year, 3 main art topics are planned – drawing, painting, printing/sculpture - with opportunity given to study an appropriate artist.
Over a half term, children will investigate media, tools and techniques, develop relevant skills and investigate an artist, if appropriate, culminating into producing a piece of art. They will also be given opportunity to evaluate their learning. The curriculum is sequenced to build on knowledge and skills ensuring control of tools, techniques and media is developed each year and pupils become increasingly aware of a range of artists.
Meaningful art outcomes are achieved through careful collaboration made between subject leaders and class teachers to ensure pupils are successful and they value where art fits into their wider learning. Children’s metacognitive development is enhanced through the delivery of a careful learning sequence, and, alongside high expectations and a culture in school where art is appreciated, challenge is celebrated and the highest possible outcomes are achievable by all.
Teachers use a variety of tools and media confidently. In order to uphold high expectations, quality training and CPD is provided on an individual basis and through targeted group support ensuring the best possible curriculum is offered. The use of new, unusual or little-used resources is shared and supported as necessary.
Kagan strategies are used to encourage children to explore how collaboration can be a good learning experience for those involved. Each artist will inform the other on how to improve the direction of the combined effort. This exchange of ideas and process can be very healthy for all of our artists. As artists, children value collaboration and how together we achieve more.
Cultural capital is promoted and children are given opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding of global artists and craft makers, unlocking their own creativity and feeling inspired by art from around the world and in our local context of Doncaster by capitalizing on the local galleries.
With first-hand experiences, children thrive on the exploration and discovery that shapes their knowledge and understanding of how and why a different tools and media achieve different outcomes. The information they gather in this way is not simply filed in a memory bank for later reference, but worked through and repeated countless times in different situations, allowing them to process and make sense of what they have learned.
As a result of children reflecting positively on their art learning, they are able to celebrate it on a wider scale including having work displayed in their classrooms, around school and on the school website for a wider audience and by sharing their work with other staff members.
We celebrate our artists and learning through an annual Art Award where artwork is judged by school councillors and the winners awarded with artistic prizes.
High quality art work is displayed and celebrated widely across school, and we have our own Art gallery in the main entrance of school.
The impact of the art curriculum is seen through the high quality artwork displayed throughout school which is appreciated by pupils, parents, the wider community and commented upon by all visitors to school.
Children enjoy the subject and are eager to learn.
Pupil voice echoes the success of the subject and pupils refer to ‘being able to be artists’ and show a positive ‘can-do’ approach to developing their skills.
Skills are embedded and applied in a variety of contexts both within an art lesson and in incidental art experiences which enhance the wider curriculum. They are becoming more skilful and standards remain high. This is reflected in lesson visits and work scrutiny. Children leave WPS able to enrich their lives through an appreciation of the art around them.
Our children have an improved cultural capital through study of artists from different cultures and experiences.
As 21st century citizens, our children are able to articulate possible career choices through art.
Warmsworth Primary School Art Exhibition for the Stancee Wedd Award
The theme for this year's Art Award was observational drawing. Children across school have been closely observing a variety of artefacts and objects and have created detailed drawings of them. The school's Enterprise Councillors have judged the entries into the Art Award and chosen 4 winners. The winning entries can be viewed below. I'm sure you'll agree that the standard of work is of a very high level. Please click on the link to view a video of the Art Exhibition where all entries into the Award were showcased.