At Westwood we are guided by the National Curriculum for Art (2014).
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 form
At Westwood and Grove, Art and Design is a fundamental part of teaching and learning and is taught from EYFS to Year 6.
Children in the Early Years are encouraged to explore and use a range of media and materials whilst also developing their creativity, imagination and critical thinking. This the foundation on which learning is developed throughout the school.
We use an Art scheme of work to support our planning and teaching of Art in years 1-6. The Suffolk Art Scheme alongside the National Curriculum ensures a well-structured progression of arts knowledge and skills throughout the school.
Art is taught on a half termly basis which alternates with DT. In addition to art lessons, children are also given the opportunity to develop and apply their art knowledge and skills during Woodland sessions.
Our vision is to foster in children a love of Art and develop creativity. Pupil voice is an important part of our assessment allowing us to continually reflect upon our Arts curriculum and our offer of extra-curricular activities.
Formative assessment is used to move children’s learning forward in Art and to inform next steps. Summative assessments take place on a termly basis and attainment is tracked against National Curriculum expectations. This allows us to inform and address any trends or gaps in attainment.
Children in the Early Years are assessed using EExAT monthly milestones for Expressive Art and Design.