Art & Design

At St. Clements  C of E Academy, we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design. Art & DT is taught by an Art specialist from an external setting that comes into school two days a week and teaches our children. Art/DT is planned using  a mixture of Kapow and bespoke curriculum which ensures all skills are progressive and challenging.

The purpose of Art and Design & DT education is 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 enables pupils to learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.

While essentially a practical subjects, art & DT should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses to their own work and that of others.

There is great pleasure to be derived from these subjects and, through deeper understanding; pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.

Progression and Continuity

The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas, evaluating and developing work. We do this through a mixture of direct teaching and individual/ group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, to say what they think and feel about them. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources including other artists’ work, educational visits and computing.

We recognise the fact that we have children of differing ability in all our classes, and so we provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this through a range of strategies which are differentiated by task, expected outcome and/or support from peers or adults.

The pupils have an art sketchbook that stays with them throughout their primary years and they can look back and see the progression of their skills and reflect on how their perspective may have changed over the years.  DT is recorded through photographs, design sheet & recording sheets all kept in the class logs.