At Herne CE Junior School, we believe that being creative is a vital part of a child’s education. Our art curriculum offers a unique input to a pupil’s personal development and has a positive impact on their wider achievement, as well as an important means for self-expression, imagination, play and experimentation. Our planned sequence of teaching in art enriches children’s cognitive processes, problem solving and thinking, also giving children the opportunity to communicate in a creative way. At Herne Juniors, we provide children with rich experiences and the skills and confidence to express themselves giving them the opportunity to explore, develop, and create their ideas using a varied range of materials.
The content of the art curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They create sketchbooks to record their learning and use them to review and revisit ideas. We believe in a plan, do, and review structure to art where children will use research and inspiration to plan their pieces, often learning techniques, before creating their piece of art. After they have created their piece, they will have the chance to review and assess what they have done focusing on what they like, what went well and evaluating what they could change next time. Each year the children study one artist e.g. Kurt Jackson, photography including a photographer e.g. Anne Geddes and an observational drawing unit including an artist and sculptor. The curriculum is progressive and allows the children to build on previously learnt skills, knowledge and techniques year on year.
Through following a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum, teaching and learning shows progression across the school within the units of Art. Our children retain knowledge and skills taught within each unit of work; they remember these and understand how to use and apply these in their own artwork, whilst beginning to understand what being an ‘artist’ means.
At Herne CE Junior School, we measure the impact of Art using the following methods:
By the time children leave Herne CE Junior School, we want them to have developed a passion for art and creativity, working both independently and collaboratively this will allow them to have grown in confidence when using a range of tools and techniques. They will have become artists that can apply the skills and knowledge that they have developed throughout the years, and respond critically to their own and other’s work.
Every child is an artist… we aim to give children the opportunity to appreciate and enjoy art so that they, too, can believe this.