Intent – What is the purpose of our arts curriculum?
At Tranmere Park Primary, we believe that the Arts play an essential role in the education of our pupils; it encourages the exploration of values, fosters imagination and creativity, develops practical and perceptual skills whilst promoting aesthetic development. Most importantly, our focus is to provide the children with a platform to express their individual creativity. Children will develop their understanding of the visual language of art through evaluating and analysing creative works. Furthermore, effective teaching and considered lesson sequencing ensures that we offer experiences that build on skills, knowledge and experiences from Early Years to Year 6.
The art curriculum will develop our pupils’ critical abilities, as well as an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through the study of a diverse range of artists. Our children are inspired to think innovatively during immersive, cross curricular lessons where confidence and freedom are fostered in a safe environment. Our art provision encompasses art and design, drama, literature (poetry, script writing), dance and multi-media activities (use of digital photography, film making). An understanding of the visual form elements of art (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape and 3D form) will be developed providing a curriculum which will enable all our children to reach their full potential.
Our Children will:
Our Teachers will:
Implementation – How do we do it?
The Learning Journey
The powerful knowledge required to be an expected artist are developed throughout each art topic and are mapped across the year groups in a progressive manner. Our emphasis on knowledge ensures that our children understand the context of artwork, as well as grasping the inspiration. Our knowledge progressions afford the children with opportunities to create art using a range of media. They are explicitly taught to draw, paint, sculpt, design and evaluate their ideas, challenging these through individual and collaborative work.
Art skills and knowledge are taught through cross-curricular opportunities. By linking art, wherever possible, to our wider curriculum, children are encouraged and comfortable to share and express their ideas. They do so with confidence to experiment, creating resilience in the pursuit of their end goal. Promoting art in this way brings topics to life and, as a result, our children’s love of art transcends beyond designated art lessons. Co-ordinated, whole-school projects (Arts Week, Challenge Days, performances by visiting artists, school productions, workshops, visits to exhibitions and galleries and our annual participation in the ‘Aireborough Learning Partnership Arts Exhibition’) ensure that art is given high status within our curriculum. Our participation in the Aireborough Learning Partnership Arts Exhibition involves our children producing art to comply to a specific brief while ensuring that they are afforded an opportunity to see their work and their creativity showcased and exhibited. Furthermore, artists are invited to lead workshops and parents and members of the local community are encouraged to enjoy the exhibition.
Tranmere Park’s high-quality art curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support the children’s confidence in the use of different media. We plan opportunities for learning to take place outside of the classroom, as well as the involvement of adults with specialist skills from within the local and wider community.
Assessment of the Arts is part of the school’s overall assessment policy. Art is assessed through one set task which is given to all children in term one. In term two, the children are taught the skills required to improve and develop their work. In term three, the children repeat the original exercise using their newfound knowledge and skills. Evidence of the clear progression that the children demonstrate is kept in art sketch books which stay with the children throughout their time at school and can also be found on displays. Teachers note the progress made by children against the learning objectives, noting Ows and Wows. A summative assessment of progress is made for each child and forms part of the child‛s end of year report to parents. This information is passed on to the next teacher at the end of each academic year.
There is an ongoing cycle of subject monitoring at Tranmere Park Primary. The Subject Leader will be allocated a block of time during the academic year to monitor work against an agreed criteria from SLT, to organise a theme week for the whole school to address an objective which has been highlighted in the subject evaluation form and finally organise a challenge day for children who show a particular aptitude or interest in Art. Results of monitoring will inform the Subject Leader’s future plan. The Subject Leader manages the long-term plan for the Arts alongside the curriculum manager. In addition, the Subject Leader reports to the assessment manager at the end of the academic year referring to each class’s art end of year outcomes.
Impact – What knowledge and skills are obtained?
At Tranmere Park, every pupil will:
|• Make progress and achieve national expectations, irrespective of background and entry points.
• Encourage our children to think creatively whilst having the confidence to experiment, enhance and develop their own ideas.
• Be aware of the works of great artists and how people in the past expressed themselves artistically.
• Create works in the styles of others, and, ultimately, in the styles of themselves, as an artist.
• Be equipped, because of the teaching of greater proficiency in artistic skills and the promotion of individuality, to approach the wider world with a stronger sense of self.
• Have mastered the skills required to review, modify and develop their initial ideas to achieve high-quality outcomes.
• Have been afforded the opportunity to celebrate their achievements in art around the school but also via exhibitions within the community.
Further to the above, our Curriculum, at Tranmere Park, is designed to ensure that each child is a confident and successful learner who demonstrates our core values:
|The Team Tranmere Way|
|Be Yourself||Be Your Best||Be Team Tranmere|
|Our children will learn to like who they are; they respect themselves and live their lives in their own way, regardless of the opinions of others.||Our children ‘give it everything they have got’ to achieve their full potential across the curriculum.||Our children are a part of a community and have respect for the resources and people in it and that surround it.|
|Our Learning Values and Behaviours|
|Self-Manager||Effective Participator||Independent Enquirer||Team Worker||Resourceful Thinker||Reflective Learner|
|Our children set their own goals and manage their own time, motivation and concentration.||Our children participate in lessons and persuade and encourage others to do so.||Our children set goals for their research with clear success criteria.||Our children understand that we are stronger together and implement this.||Our children are problem-solvers who can adapt to new or difficult situations.||Our children critically analyse their work ensuring future improvements.|