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Subject Intent

Here at Shenley Primary School we recognise that Art and Design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. We emphasise the value that a high quality Art and Design curriculum can offer to our pupils and aim to provide an Art and Design education that engages, inspires and challenges all our pupils. Our aim is to equip the children with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Our Art and Design curriculum intends to extend opportunity, raises aspiration, opens children’s eyes to the world beyond their immediate environment, enable our children to live happy, healthy and productive lives and inspires children to learn more. Tasks in Art and Design provide space for personal judgement; help problem-posing and thinking outside the box; promote diversity, respect and intercultural understanding; show that making mistakes can be liberating and open up new opportunities; encourage looking at details and thinking in depth; allow the creation of a personal reality; provide therapeutic benefits and support emotional literacy. All children can succeed with the Art and Design curriculum, and a range of arts activities are often used to support SEND and EAL learners in many other subjects. Our ‘more able’ children are encouraged to plan, lead and implement their own learning in Art and Design lessons. Some of the children who excel at Art and Design might not be considered ‘more able’ in other curriculum areas and we will ensure that they get the praise and respect they deserve for their work. Art and Design are an integral part of our Arts Week, alongside Music, Dance and Drama, and this affords interesting and exciting opportunities for the children to work with children of different ages and with different teachers. In the Summer Term, Art Week provides an opportunity to focus on Art and Design in a focused, school-wide way. The works of art created will be viewed and appreciated by the whole school and parents invited in to see what has been created. This is not just enjoyable for everyone concerned but also demonstrates the value we all put on the children’s art work. It also helps promote parental engagement which is beneficial for all involved.


National Curriculum Aims for Art

The National Curriculum for Art 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.