Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. – National Curriculum 2014
Art is a fantastic way for all children of all ages to express themselves, be creative and to explore.
“All children are artists” – Pablo Picasso
Here at Wigton Moor exploring the arts is built into all areas of the curriculum wherever possible.
As a school we enjoy celebrating the art that is created through displays, assemblies and sharing work with pupils and parents.
Everyone learns, everyone achieves and everyone matters. Our high-quality art and design education is intended to equip all pupils with a deep understanding and passion to enable them to think creatively and produce their own art work using skills and techniques through experimental learning. Our art and design curriculum has strong links with other subjects taught across the curriculum.
At Wigton Moor we are proud of our high-quality art and design curriculum which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Wigton Moor teaches the national curriculum which can be seen in the documents below. We take a no ceiling approach to differentiation and through open ended tasks pupils with SEND and the most able can achieve well. Our curriculum work looks at a variety of artistic styles and interpretations and through this the children are encouraged to express themselves using a variety of mediums including digital art work.
All pupils throughout school have regular art and design lessons and each year group builds on the knowledge and skills taught in previous years. Vocabulary and technique is always a focus and from reception the children are taught to use this language and use the equipment
correctly. Children are encouraged to be able to express an opinion of their own work and that of others.
We see the impact of our curriculum in the outcomes of every lesson. We know children learn more and remember more as they progress through school as the curriculum revisits key knowledge and skills, for example this progression can be seen from their basic self portraits in Year 1 with given media through to the self selection of media to produce a body image showing movement through the use of shading in Year 6. Our use of assessment for learning lets us adapt lessons and units to the needs of each new cohort and our assessment quadrants help us to gauge understanding of more specific knowledge as pupils move through school. Our evaluations developments are always on-going!
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
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.
Pupils should be taught:
to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
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
about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils should be taught:
to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
about great artists, architects and designers in history