The Purpose of studying Art and Design:
At SSMJ we follow the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Art and Design. Our Art and Design topics consider the children’s interests to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
In line with the national curriculum 2014, the curriculum at SSMJ aims to ensure that all pupils:
To enable all children to have access to a varied range of high quality art experiences
• To provide an imaginative, innovative and coordinated art programme which will foster enthusiasm for art and design amongst all the children
• To foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers, through links with the local and wider multicultural community.
• To stimulate children’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experience
• To help children explore the world at first hand, using all their senses and experimentation, and so gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live
• To develop children’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
• To inspire confidence, value and pleasure in art
• To cultivate children’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed judgements about art and become actively involved in shaping environments
• To teach children to express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences
• To develop children’s design capability
• To enhance children’s ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects.
At SSMJ, 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 teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at SSMJ is based on the National Curriculum to ensure a well-structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. Areas covered include sculpture mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as animal printing, nature, Aboriginal art, painting, pointillism, Pop Art 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 whole school ‘Art’ days when the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. 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.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly in their learning journals. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.