At St Marys we want our pupils to enjoy Art and to express their individual spiritual, moral and social understanding. They will develop an appreciation of art and create expressively. They gather the skills to experiment, invent and create and evaluate their own works of Art. We emphasise subject specific vocabulary because at St Mary’s we have many children with English as their second language.We offer a structure and sequence of lessons to help teachers ensure they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills, e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also develop their interestand curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. The lessons will offer the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal,
social and emotional development. This progression grid can support any subject leader or teacher of art to ensure progression of skills and knowledge.
Art is taught through our creative curriculum. At St Mary’s Art is taught as part of a thematic approach, with links being made to other areas of the curriculum where possible. St Mary’s follows the National Curriculum for Art in all year groups to enable children to make good progress from EYFS to Year 6. The school uses the Lancashire planning as a basis for what we teach. Lessons are taught through topics with half a term spent on each topic. Assessment is tracked on the school assessment system of Target Tracker in December and in June.
Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry
skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.
Last year St Mary’s participated in the Royal Mail Heroes Stamp competition.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, there have been many people who have done great things. Many of them are not famous, but they have done extraordinary work. These are the people who have helped us all through a really difficult time. Some are frontline workers in healthcare, others look after elderly or vulnerable people.
We asked our young designers to think about who their hero or heroes are, and to then design a stamp in their honour.
Every class participated.
Take a look at our last whole school Art project. Our school theme was ‘Places’. Each class produced a piece of artwork using different mediums and techniques. We worked with Images School Art Exhibitions to organise a Children’s Art Gallery in School.
Our Art Exhibition was really successful. Thank you to everyone who came along to see all the wonderful work!