Being an artist at Cubitt Town Junior School

At Cubitt Town Junior School, we believe that every child is an artist. Our aim is to teach skills and provide opportunities for all children to succeed in art. This will be achieved by providing a wide range of experiences, ensuring a love of creativity and an appreciation of art is formed for life.

Coverage of the curriculum and key skills will ensure progression across the key stage. Key skills have been carefully selected, to be built upon each year. Different areas of art will be covered across lower key stage 2 and then consolidated in upper key stage 2. Each half term will have a focused area of art, with a basis of drawing underpinning each unit of work. Painting and 3D modelling will be taught every year, whilst collage and printing will be covered every two years. Cross curricular learning will be encouraged as art delves into all aspects of life. There will be links with maths looking at patterns and shapes and in literacy being able to infer meaning from or 'read' a painting. Art will link to both history and geography topics, as well as textiles in DT and photography in Digital Learning. In both science and R.E, art and artists will be used to support learning. A sequence of learning will include: teaching of skills, planning work, application of skills, evaluation of work, adaption of work with re-evaluation. This process will be continuous, giving a chance to revisit work and make changes until a piece is complete. However, not all work will result in a final piece, giving children an opportunity to practise skills needed which may be applied at a later date.

Oracy will play an integral part in art. Firstly, when focusing on art history with discussions based on artwork and artists. Children will be encouraged to express opinions about art and artists, as well as delving deeper into the meanings portrayed by artists in their work. Secondly, oracy will be used when creating artwork, by talking through skills, discussing choices made and evaluating work. The language of art is naturally descriptive, and specific vocabulary will be taught and used within art lessons.

Art has no boundaries and provides opportunity for all levels of ability to succeed. Therefore it is a great tool for building self confidence and independence. Through art, children will be able to express themselves creatively and provide a time for mindfulness and mental well-being.

Wider opportunities for children will also be provided. Visits to art galleries to observe artwork in real life will be carried out every year. Competitions within school and with external providers will be available to encourage children to engage with art. Whole school projects will take place at the start and end of the school year, starting the year with a focus on portrait and concluding with a project linked with the wider world to apply the skills learnt in the year. This work along with other examples throughout the year will be displayed and celebrated.