Art & Design
At Fir Bank we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunity to express and explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others through a series of lessons which develop skills and knowledge progression. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shapes our history both locally, nationally and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. Areas covered include drawing and painting (including the works of Monet and LS Lowry), mosaics, printing based on topic work, such as the work of Antoni Gaudi (Roman topic), Mexican art, Christian art and symbols and 3D art.
Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations and good quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways.
Children are able to review their successes in achieving the lesson objectives and are actively encouraged to identify their own areas of development.
As children progress throughout school, they develop skills that will enable them to express themselves in a variety of different ways.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Learning walks and professional dialogue with teachers.
- Accessing children’s understanding of vocabulary before and after the ‘knowledge and skills’ have been taught.
- Images and videos of the children’s practical learning (books/ class floor book/displays)
- Interviewing children about their learning (pupil voice).
- Moderation staff meetings where pupil’s books/class floor books are scrutinised and there is an opportunity for dialogue between teachers to discuss the learning and teaching in their class.