Art & DT
At Foxhole Learning Academy, the Art curriculum is designed to facilitate engaging, question-based enquiry whilst developing skills progression across the school. This should allow the children to consolidate and build upon key skills and knowledge from previous years. A range of exciting topics are crafted by the staff and children to ensure all children are completely immersed in their learning. Leading to our pupils being enthusiastic learners. A high quality art education should encourage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils move through Foxhole Learning Academy they should be able to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design. They should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history.
Teaching art regularly. The children will cover an art topic at least once every other term and will also have additional opportunities to engage with art and design activities throughout the school year.
Teaching a predominantly skills-based curriculum, which covers drawing, painting,
sculpture, textiles and printing. Full details of our art curriculum can be found in our Curriculum Plan.
Building upon skills throughout the children’s time in school. Skills are revisited and honed in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the
children’s previous learning.
Ensuring that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them,
through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a
variety of art materials and teaching strategies.
Fostering an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists,
craftspeople and designers; using our focus “Artist of the Week” to introduce pupils to a wide range of contemporary and historical artists and craftspeople.
Introducing children to artists and art movements directly linked to the skills or topics they are covering.
Utilising a sketchbook approach, so that children feel safe to experiment and take risks, without the fear of doing something “wrong”.
Openly promoting art and design as a possible further study or career choice.
Encouraging each child to evaluate their art and design work and that of others, both with
peers and adults.
Celebrating effort, progress and achievement in art through displays, exhibitions and
enrichment activities, such as trips out and competitions.
By the end of their time in school, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills to allow them to become creative and self-expressive adults. An awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, will enhance their learning, whilst being able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.