We intend that all children should enjoy the experience and develop their skills in order to ensure they leave with a positive memory, a lasting love of the creative and an appreciation for others’ art work and design. We intend all children are challenged to self- reflect so they can discover their own style and medium within the variety taught and strengthen their resilience, building their self esteem. We intend they should understand how art fits into their own culture and community and learn how to express themselves in this way. We intend for them to experience art and contribute to the school’s unique environment and beyond.
Art is delivered through our REAL project approach. REAL projects are the means by which we bring the National Curriculum and Barley Croft curriculum alive. It stands for ‘Rigorous, Engaging, Authentic Learning’ and we place importance on each of those elements in order to run a successful curriculum project. Each project culminates in a final product or event which showcases their learning. Children can talk about what art skills they have learnt within the project and how these have been used in the final outcome.
All skills are taught progressively during a two-year cycle and this is monitored at regular intervals throughout the year. Children are taught the knowledge and skills they need as part of REAL project lessons. It is made explicit to the children what they are learning. This builds on their previous knowledge and skills and how this contributes to the project. Children are assessed throughout the project using a range of methods and this is captured at two points in the year.
In order to expose the children to a breadth of artistic styles, they will study an artist in depth termly. These artists have been chosen to cover a variety of cultures, eras and artistic movements.
When children leave Barley Croft they will know that: