Subject leader: Mrs Jo Sherwood-King (on maternity leave)
If you have any questions regarding art, please contact Mrs Sherwood-King via the school office.
• When the children leave Halton they should be able to develop, share and review their work from a variety different sources, have a working knowledge of using drawing, paint and clay as a means of expression and representation, and know about some of the great artworks and artists throughout history.
• The use of art and study of artists is related to the current topic the children are studying; the learning being enhanced by and enhancing the learning in other areas. As the topics reflect cultural diversity and different values, these are in turn reflected in the subjects considered in the art work.
The planned curriculum is mapped out and reviewed annually to best cover our intent and to ensure coverage, progression and rehearsal of learning. The art projects are linked to the topic work, which is in turn linked to the writing. Differentiation is generally by outcome with appropriate scaffolding. The use of visitors, visits, artefacts and focus weeks can all be used to inspire the learning and add variety and relevance to the tasks. Teachers plan lessons to develop the children's techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children are taught how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We have a wide range of suggested artists for each year group, which will also offer structure and narrative.
Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across Halton School. Teachers have higher expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analysing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.
Local artist Emma Bracken, visited our school to lead a sketching session during which all classes created a sketch of Betsy, the school dog. The full art work is now on display in school.
Emma is an important person in our community as she has completed commissions on the underpass next to our school as well as a mural at the local soft play centre. Emma now specialises in pet portraits and was the ideal artist to show the children how to draw our beloved school dog, Betsy.