At Kitwell Primary, we aim to develop creative individuals with a wide range of practical and disciplinary knowledge through our art curriculum. We aim for children to be able to express their creativity and their individual flair as an artist. We aim for children to be given the freedom to explore their own identity as a young artist through having regular opportunities to explore different materials and media. We also recognise the importance of the arts for mental health and well-being and aim to use art as a way to facilitate mindfulness in the classroom.
Pupils are taught Art as a discrete subject each term. The teaching of art is primarily based around practical knowledge and focuses on one of 5 skill areas: drawing and mark-making, working with colour, sculpture, textiles and collage, and printing. These areas are built on across the phases in order for children to be given the opportunity to continuously revisit and build on previously learnt skills. Famous artists and designers form an integral part of the art curriculum, and links are made to an artist in each unit of work each term. Children have the opportunity to access a wide range of materials and resources across the curriculum in order to expose them to many different techniques and processes. Children build a firm knowledge of different disciplines and theories within art and have the opportunity to explore different styles and art movements. All art units are evidenced in sketchbooks, which are passed up through the school in order to show progression.
Art is assessed at the end of each unit using the agreed assessment grid format. This assessment is based upon a final outcome at the end of each unit. Children are given the opportunity to evaluate their artwork and suggest their own improvements wherever possible in order for them to develop their criticality as an artist. By the end of year 6, it is hoped that children leave Kitwell with a broad range of art and design skills and knowledge of a wide variety of artists, techniques, and media. This is evidenced through their final commemorative piece of artwork. We also hope that children leave with a passion for creativity and continue this passion throughout their lives
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