It is our intent for the Art element in our school curriculum to 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 our pupils progress, we intend for our pupils to be able to think critically and develop an understanding of art and design. We want them to know how art and design both reflect and shape history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth both locally and globally. Teachers will be given the flexibility to deliver high quality arts lessons through a theme, allowing teachers to make links with other areas of the curriculum.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
The Art Curriculum
Our Art & Design Curriculum is written to be progressive in skill and knowledge content. This way, the children can build on their skills, language and knowledge as they move through the school. The art taught in the classroom covers a range of drawing, painting, design, mixed media and sculptural work.
We are fortunate to still have our original kiln at the school, which means we teach ceramics to our students. This knowledge is built upon in every year group, with the students successfully learning how to hand build clay sculptures.
As part of our Inclusion programme for our school, we use a programme of Mindful Art sessions to help students to settle in and process all of our curriculum and daily school life. The programme of sessions runs every half term, with 1:1 work with a trained specialist to encourage the students to create and reflect on their progress.
Acrylic on Canvas Workshops
Every year since 2015, we have worked in partnership with The Museum of Dartmoor Life and The Arts Society, Dartmoor to run a series of specialised art workshops for the students in KS2. Each year approximately 60 students are chosen to participate in creating their own canvas painting, using new mediums and tools, delivered by a specialist artist. These combined pieces are then collectively exhibited in The John Young Gallery in the Museum for the Summer months, to encourage our community to celebrate our talented students.
Here you will see all kinds of exciting artwork created by the children participating in their art curriculum studies, mindful art sessions, acrylic on canvas workshops and ceramics.