Art and Design
At Almondsbury School we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. The art curriculum will develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of male and female artists.
Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding and teaching of the visual elements of art and design are linked to our thematic topics and developed by providing a curriculum which will enable children to reach their full potential.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each art topic are mapped across each key phase and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art: drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and sculpture.
Coordinated whole-school project work will ensure that art is given high status in the curriculum and the school organises a biennial Arts Week which enables further focus on children’s artistic skills and knowledge in collaboration across the school and local community.
The school’s high quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support children’s confidence in the use of different media.
Classroom and corridor displays reflect the children’s sense of pride in their artwork and this is also demonstrated by creative outcomes across the wider curriculum. The school environment also celebrates children’s achievements in art and demonstrates the subject’s high status in the school, with outcomes, including sculptures and murals enhancing the outdoor as well as indoor environment.
The Art curriculum at Almondsbury School contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement, spirituality and self-reflection.