Art & Design
At Pippins, we believe that every child within our school should have full access to Art and Design as laid out in the National Curriculum (2014) regardless of age, gender or ability. We seek to ensure that our teaching reflects current guidance which emphasises the importance of designing and creating.
Art 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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Pippins school we intend that children should master Art and Design to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Art and Design and make use of art effectively in their everyday lives. Our children will be taught Art and Design in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.
We follow a broad and balanced Art and Design curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow an Art and Design scheme that ensures and progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Art and Design curriculum. All classes will have a scheduled Art and Design lesson each week, every other half term. The school also hosts an art week where the pupils will showcase their artistic skills and creativity.
Children’s work and pictures of their work will be stored in their sketchbooks and on the internal staff drive for reference and assessment.
We want to ensure that Art and Design is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using art are always taken.
Our children enjoy and value Art and Design and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Art and Design in the context of their personal wellbeing and the creative and cultural industries and their options for many career opportunities.
Progress in Art and Design is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work to ensure that progression of skills is taking place. Namely through:
- Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge
- Observing how they perform in lessons
- Talking to them about what they know.
The Art and Design curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others.
Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.
Please explore our galleries and blog posts for updates on Art & Design at Pippins.