Our creative curriculum is designed to promote a lifelong love for the arts and culture through a range of experiences. We aim to excite, inspire and engage young children in positive and inclusive learning opportunities. We believe that children should be actively involved in authentic, exciting lessons which strive for excellence and innovation. Where appropriate, we hand over the reins and give children ownership of their learning, whilst ensuring that all learning is progressive and purposeful.
We embrace exploration and connections with other subjects to enable children to see the value of the arts across the curriculum as well as in its own right. Through club provision we also offer children the opportunity to access creative activities that go beyond formal teaching and further develop a love for the arts.
Our pedagogy develops confidence and the curriculum opportunities provided ensure that there is progression not just within a year group, but across the whole school. This enables children to develop their skills over a longer period of time and become confident, competent learners.
Speaking and listening underpin the practical nature of the lessons delivered, with plentiful opportunities for language development which is crucial for our learners.
Subject Leader Promise:
I, Mrs Heath, am the Art lead at Alexandra Infants’ School. I believe that a creative curriculum promotes a more inclusive environment for the children here, which is the key to all learning. Art allows our children to express themselves, whatever their background or ability may be. As subject lead, I promise to ensure that every child has access to a rich Arts curriculum where they are able to acquire and develop skills, as well as become well rounded learners.
I have worked hard to develop a curriculum that builds on skills acquired in the Early Years which are then developed within a context whilst in years 1 and 2. The curriculum promotes a retrieval of knowledge and development of skills. It is my experience that the children in our school thoroughly enjoy the art that we offer whether this be through cross curricular activities or the specific skills that we teach in line with the National Curriculum. Topic floor books are used to demonstrate the skill development of our children as well as exhibit pieces of work. This enables me as the subject lead to monitor not only the progression of skills and knowledge but to also ensure that the children are engaging with art opportunities that are offered.
We aim to inspire and challenge the children in their Art learning at Alexandra Infants’ school, as well as teach them how to think critically about the work of others in a supportive environment. It is my hope that the children will leave Alexandra Infants’ with of a love of the Arts, and the understanding that Art is a subject in its own right.
Link Governor – Mr A. Powell
At Alexandra Infants’ School the Art curriculum is split into topics that ensure the skills and knowledge are developed as set out in the National Curriculum. Our school based curriculum drivers, the 5 E’s, develop the skills of the whole child and these are threaded throughout the art curriculum with a particular focus on Express yourself and Explore the World. Alongside this is our Alexandra Promise, a tool that we have recently introduced to help children to get to know themselves and embrace who they are so that they can choose how to be awesome, to excel, and how to stand out. The Alexandra Promise supports the art curriculum by providing children with activities such as:
· painting a self-portrait
· going on an Autumn walk to make a leaf rubbing
· creating a piece of Art for an exhibition
· creating a class collage.
In order to promote a love for learning, educational visits and outside agencies are accessed to enhance the learning opportunities that we provide. Here are some of the activities we have used recently:
Local area walks to draw local landscapes.
Visits to local museums and galleries to enhance learning about specific artists and make a range of products such as making a plate.
As well as these specific visits, there are many enrichment activities offered within the school clubs that change termly. One of the most popular clubs for our children is Arts and Crafts, where the children help to choose the activities and have the opportunity to develop creative skills outside of formal teaching.
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