At Tackley and Wootton CE Schools, we aim to encourage creativity in all aspects of learning and we believe that practising Art and Design stimulates children’s imagination and inventiveness. Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world that complements other areas of learning, as well as enriches the learning experiences of all children.
Through Art, children have the chance to express themselves in a variety of different ways. They explore and learn about the work of others and, as they discover and evaluate different creative ideas, they develop their own creativity and means of expression.
Our curriculum introduces the children to a range of artistic experiences through which they gain new knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Children develop their techniques, their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Art projects/sessions are taught in blocks of 6 to 8 lessons over the long term. There are additional opportunities to engage with art and design activities throughout the school year, e.g., religious festivals or local events.
The long-term planning outlines the key knowledge linked to the visual content, vocabulary and the work of artists and designers. The curriculum is designed so the skills are constantly revisited and built upon. There is a bank of resources for each project to support high-quality teaching and to support teachers less familiar with the subject content.
Art and Design is loved by teachers and children and is shared across school and the wider community through art exhibitions. There is quality evidence presented in a variety of ways that reflect the enthusiasm of teaching and learning of Art. The children have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They have an awareness of a range of artists and craftspeople and are able to consider, discuss and appraise the artworks they have been introduced to. They are confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product.