At Coppice Valley we value the importance of Art within our curriculum and ensure our children have the opportunity to develop their skills across a variety of different art forms. Our curriculum is accessible to all, maximising the development of every child’s ability. Starting from Reception, children build their skills, year on year, to ensure that they have the skills they need to produce an end product each year within each art form.
All art units are linked to a relevant artist and where possible, the artist is from the continent that the year group is studying in geography. This further supports children’s cultural understanding. As with skills, pupils build their knowledge, year on year, of artists, art movements and subject specific vocabulary. Children are taught what to look for in artwork and how to make inferences from what they see and what they know about the artist and their background.
We encourage children to talk about and critique their work and the work of others. Having opportunities to critique and offer feedback to their peers teaches them how to give feedback in a respectful and meaningful way. Children’s vocabularies grow with technical and expressive words relating to art and design as they progress.
Children’s work is celebrated in our end of school year Art Exhibition which displays all of our pupils’ work from across the year for all our school community to see and appreciate.
At Coppice Valley we aim to develop the children’s skills, knowledge and appreciation of art by:-
- Building on previously learnt skills and techniques year on year.
- Teaching the children to think and work like artists. They’re encouraged to explore, experiment and take risks.
- Expanding their vocabularies with technical and expressive words that are explicitly taught and then regularly used in lessons.
- Providing all year groups with the opportunity to visit our local art gallery every year to see the new exhibitions on display.
- Developing skills in Drawing, Painting, Textiles, Printing, Sculpture and Collage.
- Regularly revisiting previous learning through quizzes and our Coppice Compendiums to ensure retention of knowledge.
- Further developing the children’s social, moral, spiritual and cultural learning in art by introducing them to a great variety of artists from different cultures and backgrounds and teaching the children how to be respectful and thoughtful during peer critique opportunities.
- Delivering the majority of art lessons using a specialist art teacher.