At the Ridge Junior School, art forms an important part of the curriculum. We believe art education stimulates creativity and imagination whilst giving the child unique opportunities to develop intellectually, emotionally, physically and socially. Therefore, we believe that it should be taught as an individual subject as well as incorporated into other curriculum lessons, where the skills that are developed in this creative subject, can be transferred across the curriculum and, thus, aid learning.
At the Ride Junior School, the children will learn to improve their mastery of art and design techniques by learning specific drawing, painting, printing and sculpture techniques. They will have experience of using a wider range of materials and will use technology to produce images, patterns and decorative pieces of work. The children will record their observations and ideas and use them to review and evaluate improvements. They will also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Our art curriculum is further enhanced by Arts Week, which gives the children an opportunity to visit an art gallery and take part in a variety of art workshops.
Progression in art will be assessed through the pupils’ sketchbooks, which pass with the child to the next year group, displays and photographic evidence. A level of ability and attitude to Art is recorded on the child’s annual report to parents.
By the end of their time with us, all children should have achieved the National Curriculum objectives:
- To create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- To improve their mastery of art techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- To learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Our aim is that our art curriculum will inspire our children to enjoy self-expression through their experiences in Art and that they are always keen to learn new skills and work hard to perfect those taught to them.