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At  Millbrook Primary school, we take pride in the teachings of our unique school values that underpin all learning. We promote the British fundamental values where British law, democracy and a mutual respect and tolerance for those of other faiths, cultures and beliefs is embedded through all areas of the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to be independent learners, constantly making choices, within a safe and supportive environment. Developing their self- esteem and self-confidence is very important. Pupils are encouraged to understand their personal freedoms and are taught how to use these rights to best effect.

Purpose of Study

 At Millbrook Primary School we believe that all children can develop their creativity through using their imagination. Through innovative art, craft and design opportunities, the children at Trinity St. Peter’s have the opportunities to enhance and express their creativity. “Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should 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 pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.” (National Curriculum, 2014).

Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims 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
  • 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.

Teaching and learning style

 At Millbrook Primary School, we value the power of the art and design curriculum in engaging our learners with an enjoyable learning experience. Art, craft and design will be taught through a thematic approach, with specific learning goals related to the targets within art and design. In KS1/KS2 children will use sketch books to explore different mediums and techniques, improving their mastery of these skills as they progress through the Key Stage. Direct connections will be made to professional artists’ work (historic and contemporary), using the inspiration to guide their own creativity. Where possible, global links and connections with professional artists will be used to inspire the children, acting as a stimulus material for a unit of art work. Each theme should culminate in a final piece, where the children can apply the skills they have developed during the experimental stages as evidenced through their sketch books.

We recognise that in all classes, children have a wide range of artistic ability, and so we seek to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways:

  • setting tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
  • setting tasks of increasing difficulty;
  • grouping children by ability when appropriate and setting different tasks for each ability group;
  • providing resources of different complexity, depending on the ability of the child;
  • using teachers and classroom assistants to support the work of individuals or groups of children;

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