At East Borough we have designed our Art curriculum to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Art and Design whilst inspiring children to think innovatively. This ensures that we provide a well-sequenced and broad and balanced art curriculum with progressive development of knowledge and skills.
Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. It allows pupils to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination, develop their competence in controlling materials and tools, acquire knowledge and become proficient in various art and design techniques and processes, knowing more and remembering more about artists and artistic approaches. They will be given the opportunity to recap on their prior learning and make links between the various artists and artistic styles to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.
Rich in cultural capital, our Art curriculum offers a wide variety of learning experiences and additional opportunities. We plan visits to local museums and art galleries, whilst also welcoming visitors into the school to share experiences and offer hands-on workshops. In addition to this, collaborative creative opportunities often take place across the Trust schools. Pupils learn about significant artists, craftspeople and designers and are able to describe their different styles using technical vocabulary. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, pupils will gain an awareness of the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. This helps to prepare the children for life outside of East Borough.
Pupils are clear of what the intended composite outcomes are as they are shown a modelled example or an 'end goal' and they are able to measure their own work against this. Consequently, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.