ART and DESIGN POLICY
EASTLANDS JUNIOR SCHOOL,
What is art?
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination.
It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
Children will be given opportunities to use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.
Children will be able to make informed value judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions, as they become actively involved in shaping their environment.
The children will be taught:
a range of skills, and be able to develop their skills, throughout the key stage
to develop an appreciation of their own art, the art of others and quality art
to sharpen their observation techniques
to experience work in 2D and 3D dimensions
to use different tools correctly and with care
to use different materials economically to create different effects
to evaluate their activity or finished piece of work confidently
to learn about different artists, architects and designers and observe their pieces of work
Art and the National Curriculum.
Art is a foundation subject within the National Curriculum framework. The knowledge, skills and understanding are laid down in the programme of study. (See page 137 138)
Strategies for the teaching of Art.
Organisation of the Art Curriculum.
The Art Curriculum is organised into two yearly cycles for lower juniors and upper juniors. Over the cycles a variety of artistic skills are covered. Ideas for art activities are linked to the topic theme, with a particular link to the geographical and historical aspects of the curriculum for the term, and suggestions are on the over view planning appendix. (see over view planning appendix)
Children meet the different aspects of art through their study: drawing / sketching, painting, collage, textiles, sculpture, print making, digital media
When planning art work, teachers link the ideas to the topic covered and plan an appropriate amount of time within the topic curriculum. Teachers ensure that a broad selection of artistic skills are covered by a variety of activities.
All children can experience a response to art. They can appreciate and respect other people’s thoughts about the work, commenting sensitively on the work of others.
All staff takes into account the reading and language abilities of the pupils and set differentiated work according to the child’s needs.
Teaching of Art.
The class teacher teaches children art, there is no specialist teaching of art.
Children work individually, in co- operative groups and as a class as appropriate. The groups are usually mixed ability and discussion is encouraged.
Children are encouraged to present their work in a variety of ways, e.g. sketch books, wall displays etc.
Pupils with special needs are able to develop confidence and express their feelings in art, as it is a subject that does not depend on academic ability. They can often have opportunities to excel.
Pupils with a particular flair and ability may work more quickly through activities and advance their techniques in artwork.
The skills of art are specifically taught prior to the children developing their work individually.
Resources are made available and accessible. They are regularly reviewed.
Excellence in art is celebrated through class and school based displays, competitions for school events and occasional displays for outside agencies.
Strategies for Ensuring Progression and Continuity.
Art and design is part of the foundation curriculum, the coverage of which has planned for by the staff, led by the subject co-ordinator.
The art curriculum is organised throughout the school on a two year cycle for lower and upper juniors
Medium term planning, for art within the foundation curriculum, is undertaken by year group staff and is developed onto medium term planning grids.
Use of the art skills ladder ensures teachers plan for progression and continuity.
Staff evaluate each art session as an ongoing process.
Completed copies of termly planning and evaluations are handed to the co-ordinator for monitoring purposes.
Role of the art co-ordinator.
To take the lead in policy development, production of schemes of work, monitoring of the delivery of the art curriculum to ensure progression and continuity of art teaching and learning throughout the school.
To undertake work analysis monitoring the delivery of the art content.
To support colleagues with advice and suggestions.
To monitor progress in art.
To take responsibility for the purchase and organisation of central resources for art.
To keep up to date with developments in art education and disseminate information to colleagues as appropriate.
To advise the head teacher of concerns or actions to be taken following the monitoring of planning and work analysis.
Feedback to Children and Parents.
Comment on a child’s work, with the aim of helping and encouraging the child to learn, using positive and constructive comments.
Discuss work with the child whilst they are carrying out a task, giving them time and opportunity to reflect upon their work and progress. Set the child a target to work to during their art sessions.
Be sensitive and use discretion when commenting on a child’s artwork.
Reporting to parents is done on a termly basis with parent interviews and with an annual written report. This focuses on the child’s artwork and their knowledge and understanding of art.
A child’s artwork is kept throughout the key stage in an individual folder, and taken home when they leave as a record of their art experiences.
Classroom resources include various materials relevant to the scheme of work for an individual teacher’s class.
Central resources include books of ideas that are stored in the library.
A range of art books and encyclopaedias are kept in the library for the children’s use, either in the library or in the classroom.
Central resources are the responsibility of the art co-ordinator who may have a small budget available.
I.C.T. is a resource that can be used in art for drawing and design and for research as appropriate.
Health and Safety.
Safe use of equipment and materials
Appropriate storage of tools and materials
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