At APSoL, we believe art is an integral part of our children’s education which engages and inspires all of our pupils, developing their creativity. We know that art can guide our pupils in finding and developing their own voice and opinions as well as providing them with the opportunity to see the world around them in a different light. Due to APSOL being a bilingual school, the children will also be exposed to art from different parts of the world, particularly that of Lusophone countries. Throughout their time at primary school, children will also learn about key artists and designers from the United Kingdom and other parts of the world.
The aim of the art curriculum is to develop children’s proficiency in drawing, painting, use of colour, shade and sculpture therefore equipping children with the knowledge and skills to experiment and invent their own works of art.
At APSoL, we teach a knowledge rich, skills based curriculum. As the children progress through the school, they will develop an understanding of visual art through effective teaching and carefully planned sequences of lessons building on prior learning. Children will learn to develop key skills and acquire subject related terminology building this year-on-year.
The teaching of art in the EYFS is practical, playful and inclusive. Adults provide challenge and support through class sessions, collaborative work and small groups. There is a combination of adult-led and child-led sessions with a wealth of continuous provision opportunities when adults scaffold learning through skilful interactions and questioning.
In KS1, the children will be provided with a wide range of opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills such as: pencil work, paint and collage. They will develop concepts such as: line, shape, shade and colour producing creative artwork. The children will be inspired by existing pieces of art and works by significant aritists, both from the UK and other parts of the world linked to their curriculum topics.
In KS2, the children will further develop and refine the concepts from KS1. They will continue to do in-depth studies of the work of significant artists both from contemporary and historical periods. Children will develop and expand their knowledge of key concepts by learning about pattern, texture and perspective.
Progress will be evident over time, showing how the children build on their knowledge and skills between the EYFS and Year 6. Impact will be assessed through quizzes, art galleries, lesson observations, practical lessons listening to children discussing their work and being critical.
Our ambition is for all pupils, including those with SEND to access the full art curriculum. Teacher support and facilitate the access to art curriculum through differentiation, adult support, choice of equipment.
In addition to our art curriculum, enrichment events are an essential part to our art provision and cultural growth. Through these events, the children celebrate the various cultures of the school, our achievements and teamwork. These include:
Visits to art galleries
Art workshops at school
Showcases for parents every term
Festa Junina (June festival)