Art & Design
At Carr we want to engage and inspire children through Art and challenge them through an exciting curriculum. We want our children to develop a sense of creativity, self-expression, excellence and believe all children can achieve highly. Children are encouraged to be curious and experiment, and are given opportunities to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. We aim to develop their self-belief and resilience as they invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We believe that Art plays an important part in mental wellbeing through offering the chance for children to develop their emotional expression. We are aiming to foster an appreciation of the Arts that will last a lifetime.
To ensure that we deliver our intention and cover all objectives set out in the National Curriculum, the Art lead undertakes learning walks and book looks regularly to analyse Art teaching across school and to ensure consistency, coverage and progression. The National Curriculum provides a structure and The Rainbow Curriculum provides skill progression for the Art curriculum being taught. This is, where possible, linked to our Big Ideas to provide a creative approach, which reflects a balanced programme of study. Bloom's Taxonomy questions also allow the teachers to assess the depth of learning. Lessons are taught in a progressive sequence meaning that the children are building on prior knowledge and skills while being introduced to new ones.
How we implement our art curriculum:
We explore the work of a range of artists, craft makers, designers and architects, supporting the children with sharing their opinions and understanding and appreciating different styles.
The children have the opportunity to visit York Art Gallery at least once during their time at Carr Juniors
We provide opportunities to work with professional artists (extending pupils aspirations).
Teachers select an ‘Artist of the Term’ from their class to showcase year group expectations.
Competitions are organised each term to engage and inspire the children to be creative out of school and develop their skills.
An annual Art Week is planned around a whole-school theme with a specific skills focus.
The children record their work and ideas within sketch books and scrapbooks and these demonstrate progression in skills and techniques.
Children are offered the opportunity to take part in extra-curricular Art and Craft Clubs.
Impact is measured by analysing the quality of the children’s work and Blooms Assessment answers throughout the year, which is recorded at the end of each academic year. We are continually checking the impact of teaching on learning, through lesson drop ins/observations, book and planning scrutinies and pupil and staff voices.
Children enjoy Art and develop life-long enthusiasm for art and design.
Our children become confident and proficient in a variety of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials.
Children can discuss their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluate creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
The children know about a range of classic and contemporary artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.