Teachers use the National Curriculum as a basis for planning supported by Kapow Primary resource. Thereafter teachers use the Prospectus scheme of work to further support. Within this, much of our teaching and learning for Art is taught discretely but linked to other subjects where appropriate. We will begin to use the Art and Design scheme to support the teaching and learning of Art in all classes as well as staff having the planning and learning strategies and assessment provided. We will also carry out pupil interviews, including SEND, Most Able, EAL and Pupil Premium. This is to assess whether pupils enjoy the lessons and feel as though they have progressed in their learning and analyse pupil responses and communicate the successful teaching and learning strategies. Another action we will take is to use the pupil voice to adapt the curriculum to their unique needs as well as identifying areas for development, for example, gaps in pupil's learning and putting support in place for this.
Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to range of creative opportunities and enjoy carefully planned and well-resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem.
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. We will work to improve staff knowledge and confidence, leading to a stronger profile in Art and Design and raised pupil achievement. We will ensure that pupils have been taught a variety of skills in Art and Design and have made age-appropriate progress in these skills. As a school, we will continue to make sure that pupils enjoy lessons and are engaged with their learning. Pupils feel like they have made progress in their learning of Art and Design.
"Every child is an artist" - Pablo Picasso
In our art club we have been using different types of media to create a self-portrait. We used paint, collage materials and wax crayons.
"I like that I can use my imagination" - Year Six
"I like challenges of drawing things around me" - Year Six
We were very lucky to spend the day with a graffiti artist. We were challenged in our classes to design a designated section of the wall that surrounds our playground reflecting all of the wonderful learning and experiences that represents St Ambrose as a school. This included our mission statement 'we do our best by following Jesus' as well as celebrating Father Lambs 30 years of priesthood at St Ambrose Catholic Church.
"Creativity is intelligence having fun" - Albert Einstein
In school we have celebrated access all ARTs week. We challenged each class to do at least three art sessions from the topics; 2D mark-making, drama and storytelling. It was a great opportunity to explore different areas of the arts and discover new hobbies that had not been explored before. Take a look at our creative week.
"I love art because it makes me feel better and creative" - Year Three
"I like to draw anything, we have our own choice" - Year Three
Mike Jones has been working with a group of children exploring and developing their photography skills. The children had so much fun being creative with all the different ways they could take photos. Take a look at some of their beautiful pieces.