Art at Prince Rock
We believe that Art is a fundamental part of the curriculum and a right of all children. We believe that Art offers opportunities for children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experience of the wider world. Through art experiences, children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence.
In the EYFS, children have regular opportunities to engage with, and learn about, the arts. They learn how to create purposeful marks and use line to create form. They will use paint, pencils, brushes and other media to create, communicating their ideas of what they see as well as what is in their imaginations.
Key Stage One
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to use a range of different materials creatively to design and make products. They will draw, paint, print and sculpture materials such as clay to develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use technology to produce images. They will also learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. All children from years 1-6 will use a sketchbook to record ideas and observations.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2 the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will experience using a wider range of materials. Children will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. They will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Our aim is to maintain a fun, enjoyable, balanced and rich Art curriculum that promotes independence, initiative and originality to develop creativity. Pupils reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of other pupils and creative practitioners as they develop an understanding of work that is uniquely meaningful to them.
At Prince Rock, our objective is that all our children develop a clear knowledge and understanding of what art is and the variety of concepts within it. We aim to teach a range of skills that will equip our children to be able to use their creativity to express themselves through their art work. We also aim to demonstrate how these skills can then be applied to a wider world context such as creating their own art exhibitions for the community to view. We also encourage our children to develop an understanding that the skills they acquire can translate into jobs later on. They learn that the potters they see in the high street begun by learning the skills they are leaning when they were in school. They learn that the artists that exhibit their work in galleries begun developing their skills at school, and importantly, they learn this is within their reach if it is something that interests them. We teach them to believe in their capability and work hard in order to achieve these goals High quality teaching, focusing on the progression of skills, ensures this knowledge is embedded throughout the school. Within our art curriculum disadvantaged groups, as well as SEND and EAL children, can access the curriculum through the small steps progression of skills.
At Prince Rock we work closely with our community too. We have worked with an organisation called ‘Take a Part’ and have undertaken a project which looks at the regeneration of an area close to our school. The Teats Hill Flats project has seen our parents and children come into school and work with artists and then take those ideas and work in the community too. We also are involved in the Plymouth Art Weekender which is an annual Arts extravaganza in our city. It attracts many artists, both local and national to exhibit their work around strategic points over the course of a 3 day weekend. Our children worked with artists and then exhibited their sculptures alongside artists in the community.
Every child in our school has a sketchbook within which they capture their ideas and artistic work. The sketchbook stays with the child throughout their journey through our school and becomes an excellent resource not only to show progression but to engage the children in the arts. In addition, work is created and put on display. We have lots of vibrant and colourful displays that fill the hallways of our school. Work that is created for display is also photographed so that a record can be kept.
In addition to monitoring the outcomes of the children, the art lead monitors classroom planning once every term. Follow up advice is given to support staff where needed. There is also a document which gives guidance to teachers to assess whether children are meeting, working towards or exceeding age-related expectations.
Overall, the art and design we offer to our children aims to instill a lifelong love of the art, an appreciation of how this high form of creativity touches every part of our lives and equip them with the knowledge, skills and confidence to become (or at least appreciate) the artists of the future. In order to support this, we also offer a variety of enrichment activities: art clubs, projects and art in the local community.
Art Curriculum Progression
The National Curriculum for Art and Design
The National Society for education in Art and Design
The National Gallery Online
Deep Space Sparkle
National Geographic art for kids