‘We seek to transform the lives of our children within a Christian environment, nurturing the wellbeing of each child, promoting the highest academic achievement and instilling a lifelong love of learning.’
I alone know the plans I have for you; plans for the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29:11
God’s plans for us are limitless. He knows us best and plans for us to reach our unique and individual potential, shaped in the palm of His hand. This potential may reveal itself when we least expect it, just like God’s love being revealed to us. We believe that we are shaping children, not just in the present, but also for the future – enabling them to be global citizens in God’s rapidly changing world, celebrating life in all its fullness.
At Christ Church, we believe that art is a vital part of children’s education as it embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and has a significant and valuable role to play in the taught curriculum, as well as in the enrichment opportunities we offer our pupils. Our art curriculum develops curiosity, creativity and self-expression alongside resilience, confidence and critical thinking skills. Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences, which enable them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of the elements of colour, texture, form and pattern. Art and design promotes careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us. Children explore ideas and meanings through studying the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.
The aims of teaching art and design in our school are:
- To 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 through school, they should begin 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.
- To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The Art curriculum at Christ Church is underpinned by the Art Academy Art and Design curriculum. we aspire and are committed to providing an ‘Arts Rich’ curriculum. Art and Design enables children to express themselves in a creative, imaginative manner and through exploration. Our Art and Design Curriculum is designed to provide children with a foundation of skills, knowledge and understanding in the six key strands of learning in Art and Design:
- Digital & Mixed Media
Our curriculum 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. As pupils progress, they think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They learn about art and design that both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. A diverse range of male and female artists are studied by each year group to develop the understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages. In creating a wide range of products and artwork, these skills can then be transferred to other areas of the curriculum.
A clear progression of skills, effective teaching and considered sequences of lessons and experiences, enable children to reach their full potential.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Christ Church is based on the National Curriculum and supported by Art Academy curriculum plans. This ensures high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, in addition to a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Art and design is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. At Christ Church, we ensure that art and design is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences. More detail can be found in our long-term plan and progression of knowledge and skills document. For each topic taught, the children are provided with a knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) and skills all children must master.
By the end of Key Stage 2, pupils 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 are 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.
Within art and design, we strive to instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriching the children’s learning experience. Our art and design curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills, and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Assessing children’s understanding of topic linked vocabulary before and after the unit is taught. (pre and post assessments)
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Images of the children’s practical learning.
- Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books are scrutinised and there is the opportunity for a dialogue between teachers to understand their class’s work.
- Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum