Art and Design
"Achieving Together in God's Love"
At Our Lady of Victories Catholic Primary School, 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 opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. At Our Lady of Victories, through a language-rich environment, we encourage the use of subject specific technical vocabulary through first hand learning experiences.
As a school of creativity, we believe that a high quality art and design education will 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, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
As a School of Love and Opportunity, we believe that all learning should be adapted to the needs of all children (SEN, EAL, more able, disadvantaged) and that the curriculum should be carefully planned to take account of everyone in the class so that all can succeed.
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 forms.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Our Lady of Victories Catholic School is skill based on the National Curriculum ensuring a well structured approach to this creative subject.
The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work. As a School of Opportunity, the work of famous local, national and international artists are explored to enhance the children's learning.
We are a School of Community, therefore learning is further enhanced with whole school arts weeks, exhibitions and competitions where the children have the opportunity for collaborative working and exploring the different styles and techniques of a range of artists.
As a School of Excellence, we are determined that our pupils achieve their full potential through our skills based curriculum.
Children are supported and challenged appropriately and National Curriculum levels are reported to parents at the end of each academic year.
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.
- Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
- Images and videos of pupil’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.