St Margaret Clitherow

RC Primary School, Stevenage

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Our Learning / Art

Art at St. Margaret Clitherow

At St. Margaret Clitherow School we aim to provide our pupils with opportunities to express their individual thoughts, ideas and interests whilst developing their artistic skills, taking inspiration from a range of artists and a variety of cultures.

How is our curriculum delivered?

The children enjoy an Art lesson once a week during three half-terms a year, on rotation with their Design and Technology learning. This ensures our children have the time and space to study each topic in depth over a half-term.  

Our Art scheme is designed with five strands that run throughout:

Our children learn and practise skills discretely during their Art and design skills and Formal elements of Art units. The knowledge and skills from these units are then applied throughout the other units in the scheme. Key skills and revisited again and again with increasing complexity in a spiral curriculum model. This allows pupils to revise and build on their previous learning.  

Lessons are always practical in nature and encourage experimental and exploratory learning with KS2 pupils using sketchbooks to document their ideas. Teachers differentiate their lessons to ensure that lessons can be accessed and enjoyed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.

We aim to ensure our children leave our school with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a strong foundation for their Art and design learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.  

How can I help at home?

1.   Talk about art  -  One of the best ways to get your child excited about art is to be enthusiastic yourself.

2.   Provide materials  -  Encourage your child's interest in art by providing materials and a place to create art. Crayons, modelling clay, scraps of wool and fabric, different kinds of paper and found objects such as shells, twigs, buttons can be used to help your children make their own art. Provide a special place to work, such as an old table, and a drawer or shelf to store the materials.

3.   Encourage creativity  -  Help your child come up with original ideas and build upon them. You might do this by reading only the beginning of a story, then asking your child to draw a picture showing how the story might end. Or make a squiggle on a piece of paper and ask your child to use it as the beginning of a drawing.