At Whitehall Park, we believe that Art and DT are an integral part of the curriculum. It is important to us that all children partake in and enjoy creative activities and develop a love for the subject. All children are able to create brilliant art work and providing them with a wide range of resources allows for them to find their skill and passion. We aim to involve children in immersive creative enrichment activities and to have taken part in a trip to a gallery or art exhibition by the time they leave our school.
We follow the Kapow scheme of work, which fulfils the statutory requirements outlined in the National Curriculum (2014). The National Curriculum for Art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
From these aims, we have identified five strands which run throughout our scheme of work:
- Making skills
- Generating ideas
- Formal elements
- Knowledge of Artists
Kapow Primary’s Art and design scheme has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the following key principles in mind:
- Cyclical: Pupils return to the same skills again and again during their time in primary school.
- Increasing depth: Each time a skill is revisited it is covered with greater complexity.
- Prior knowledge: Upon returning to a skill, prior knowledge is utilised so pupils can build upon previous foundations, rather than starting again.
Formal Elements of Art Units
With the exception of Year 6, each year group has a unit called ‘Formal elements of Art’ which focuses on the discrete skills of the formal elements of art which are:
We offer creative after school clubs, for example arts and crafts and jewellery making which immerse children into imaginative activities and provide further opportunities for them to develop their art and DT skills.
This year, we will be applying for the Arts Mark to continue to develop our Art and DT provision by meeting the criteria set out through this process. We hope to achieve this over the next two academic years.
We want every child to enjoy creative activities and feel that they can achieve in this area. We hope to boost their confidence through offering many different opportunities for each child to find their talent. We display our children’s artwork proudly in classrooms and around the school for them and others to see and to create an environment which celebrates the arts and our children’s creativity.