What is Art in our school?

The aim of Art lessons in our school is to stimulate the learners mind to enhance the ability to think creatively, develop problem solving and interpersonal skills including self-esteem, behaviour and independence.  The learners are supported to develop skills to use their imagination, express their feelings and communicate their ideas.

We have the view that all the learners can enjoy and achieve in Art.  We have high expectations, therefore the impact of the skills gained are transferrable to everyday life.

In the primary department, Key Stage 1 and 2 learners are taught:

◦about the work of a range of great artists and designers

◦to use materials creatively to design and produce pieces of work

◦to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

◦to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

◦to work in two and three dimensions, using wet and dry mediums to develop their confidence.

Primary learners are assessed against Primary Learning Ladders starting from stage 1 to 15.  Stages 10 -15 are accessed using National Curriculum Year expectations

Weekly lessons are delivered by the lead teacher.  Skills are also generalised and practised cross curricular through multisensory explorations and sensory snacks.

In the secondary department, Key Stage 3 learners are taught:

◦about famous artists, to help them produce work at their own level

◦to use a range of techniques and medias

◦to express their feelings through their artwork

◦to evaluate their own work and the work of their peers

In key stage three, learners are assessed against Flight Paths.  Learners are placed onto a pathway dependent on their stage leaving the Primary section.

Art in Key Stage 4 and college continues:

◦to develop their skills and knowledge of Art, through creative and exciting observations and opportunities. They work towards a WJEC or an AQA accreditation at Entry level, Level 1 or Level 2.  The specifications allow the learners to follow a progression route towards higher qualifications.

Please contact Vicki Pendlebury Arts Coordinator for further information related to the Art Curriculum.