At Chorlton Park we believe that art education is a crucial medium to help children express their identities.
At Chorlton Park, we follow the Statutory framework for the early years foundation stage and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Art to develop a modern and engaging curriculum which meets the needs of our pupils.
Our curriculum is skills based, which ensures progression in expertise as children move up the school. In addition we believe that our role is to develop children’s creative abilities and talents (art. 29 UNICEF Charter) so our aim is that when our children leave Year 6, they are confident to experiment, explore and develop personal ideas in a creative context. We champion a love of art and design by introducing children to a range of artists, designers and craftspeople both historic and contemporary and from a variety of cultures. We aim for our children to have an appreciation of art and be able to make connections between their own work and the work of others.
In June 2019, we were awarded an Artsmark Silver Award. We were praised for the development of our skills based curriculum, our use of sketchbooks and our annual art weeks.
At Chorlton Park we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) and should be able to access and enjoy our Art curriculum. We believe that Art is an area where many children with SEND can shine, but understand that some individuals may have sensory needs and may not be able to use all art mediums, and we therefore adapt our lessons to make them accessible to all pupils.
Our Art curriculum links with our Big Ideas taught each half term. We ensure progression through the use of the Chris Quigley (2015) skills to inform planning. All year groups are assigned different skills based milestones to ensure there is not an overlap in teaching. The curriculum coordinators have also collated a list of artists taught across the school to ensure there is variation in the art children learn about in medium, age and cultural origin.
In Early Years we build a basis for continuing Art education through the Expressive Art and Design area of learning. We focus on the Early Learning Goals of: Being Imaginative and Exploring and Using Media and Materials. We provide a curriculum of both adult-led, skills-based teaching and child-led experimentation. Children learn skills in mark making, drawing, painting, collage, clay and sculpture in small adult led groups and are also provided with countless creative opportunities through continuous provision. Our children can access a variety of creative resources at all times, both inside and outside the classroom.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, lessons are taught fortnightly by the class teacher. From Year 4 onwards, the children are given more autonomy with the introduction of a personal sketchbook. The children still receive fortnightly Art lessons from their class teacher, but there is a greater emphasis on the children developing their own ideas and making more choices about their work. They continue to learn about famous artists, with an expectation that they can discuss others’ work more deeply, expressing opinion and making connections with their own.
At Chorlton Park, our aim is to ensure that
• Every child can develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform DT tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world.
• Every child builds skills, knowledge and understanding in order to design and make effective products that for a wide range of uses.
• Every child can critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others.
• Every child can understand the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
We have adapted the National Curriculum Programmes of study for Design and Technology to meet the needs of our pupils.
At Chorlton Park we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) and should have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can take part in Design and Technology lessons. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, particularly those of children with SEND. We understand that some individuals may have sensory or physical needs (motor skills difficulties) and may not be able to use all DT equipment, and we therefore adapt our lessons to make them accessible to all pupils.
Our Design and Technology curriculum is centred around practical problem solving based on real and relevant problems within a variety on contexts. Whenever possible we link our DT learning to our Big Idea. The sequencing of our curriculum provides opportunities for children to learn new concepts and skills, apply those as well as revise content learnt in previous years.
We review our curriculum yearly to ensure it remains engaging and relevant.