Our Vision Intent
Art at St Thomas’ Leesfield aim to develop the attitudes, skills and knowledge (ASK) necessary for creative learning. Creativity is an important aspect of the children’s curriculum enabling them to develop their own style and passion for learning.
At St Thomas’ Leesfield Primary School, we value and are dedicated to the teaching of Art and Design. We see this as a fundamental part of school life. We are committed to providing an ‘Arts Rich Curriculum’ which is full of practical activities to engage all of for our children. We believe that by developing this, we can contribute to the appreciation of art and design surrounding us. We see art and design as a means to support learning in a range of ways. We aim to use art and design to stimulate imagination and inventiveness, celebrate culture and diversity and offer a rich platform from which children can learn about a range of perspectives. The skills that are developed in these subjects can be transferred across the curriculum and thus aid learning for example development of fine motor skills will improve handwriting.
Implementation of Our Vision
As a school and in accordance with the National Curriculum’s expectations, we aim 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 with a range of materials
- 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
Class teachers are responsible for teaching art and design, although there will be times when professional artists/facilitators will be involved in the teaching of the topic. We have worked with ‘The Fairy God Mum’ to produce high quality pieces of permanent Art and Design which can be seen throughout school. Children working at the ‘exceeding’ level in art and design technology are proud to have produced the art work and show case their individual talents.
All classes are given creative art and design home learning to link with their topics and the children always produce high quality pieces. This also gives the opportunity to work with their families to plan and design their pieces.
Each class, from Reception to Y5 take part in a ‘mini-business challenge’ topic week where the children plan, design and make a product to sell to family, friends and the community. All children take part in this enterprise regardless of ability.
We also take every opportunity to develop links with outside agencies and experts, through links with our Dovestone Learning Partnership (DLP) in order to enrich our Art and Design provision.
Our children enjoy the self-expression that they experience in Art. They are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those shown to them. The children’s art is often cross-curricular art but is also taught in focused topics (to support the importance of the subject) and helps them to express feelings and emotions in art, as well as show their knowledge and understanding in history, geography and science. The children are assessed on their skills using our ‘sticky learning’ process to help them to remember and make further progress building on the skills they have learnt.