At Mickley Village Primary & Nursery School, we aim to inspire pupils and develop their confidence to experiment and invent their own works of art. Through the use of Kapow, we give all pupils every opportunity to develop their ability, nurture their talent and interests, express their ideas and thoughts about the world, as well as learning about the art and artists across cultures and through history.
Art at Mickley, with the support of Kapow, is designed with four strand in mind:
- Generating ideas
- Making skills
- Knowledge of artists
- Evaluating and analysing
All lessons are sequential, allowing children to build their skills and knowledge, applying them to a range of outcomes. The formal elements, a key part of the National Curriculum, are also woven throughout the units. Key skills are revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allow pupils to revise and build on their previous learning. All units are organised into four key areas:
- Painting and mixed-media
- Sculpture and 3D
- Craft and design
The progression of skills and knowledge shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage. It also shows how knowledge builds in the formal elements of art.
Creativity and independent outcomes are robustly embedded into our units, supporting students in learning how to make their own creative choices and decision, so that their art outcomes, whilst skill being knowledge-rich, are unique to the pupils.
Lessons are mostly practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning. All lessons are tailored to meet the needs of all children as they look to achieve the knowledge, techniques, skills, key facts and vocabulary required to be a successful artist at Mickley.
The art curriculum at Mickley is designed in such a way that children are involved in evaluation, dialogue and decision making about the quality of their outcomes and the improvements they need to make. By taking part in regular discussions and decision-making processes, children will not only know facts and key information about art, but they will be able to talk confidently about their own learning journey, have higher metacognitive skills and have a growing understanding of how to improve.
The knowledge, techniques, skills, key facts and vocabulary and reviewed and assessed before during and after each lesson so that all children have the opportunity to reach the expected standard. By the end of their primary school education, successful impact will show a child who can:
- Produce creative work, exploring and recording their ideas and experiences.
- Be proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using subject-specific language.
- Know about the great artists and the historical and cultural development of their art.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum.