Hello! My name is Miss Frodsham and I am the Art lead and Year 1 class teacher here at St Peter’s Catholic Academy. When I was asked if I would like to become the Art lead I was so excited as I truly agree with Picasso and believe that…
I am passionate about Art and our children receiving a well-planned and carefully considered Art curriculum. I love to see the children’s smiles as they unleash their originality and creativity!
Introduction to Art and Design
“Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The importance of Art is evident through our yearly Art Week, in which we plan and deliver skills focusing on a particular skills or aspect of Art, throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential.” Quote from the National Curriculum 2014
SO…what does this look like at St Peter’s?
Our Art Vision
We know that great Art happens in our school when…
- Our curriculum is creative, imaginative and inspiring.
- The children are engaged in creative and inspiring lessons and can see a purpose to tasks.
- There are opportunities for children to think critically and understand the impact their thinking has on the wider world.
- Children are motivated and have a critical understanding of how Art impacts on daily life.
- Children are happy to take risks, experiment and work resourcefully.
At St Peter’s we alternate between Art and DT. We spend one half term on our Art skills and one half term on our DT skills. This equates to three half terms on each subject.
This is when each year group is doing Art or DT – whole school art or dt timetable
Our Art curriculum skills map can be found here –Art curriculum for whole school
A brief overview of our long term coverage in Art – Long Term brief coverage ART
This is how we ensure the National Curriculum is covered within each year groups skills – NC and I know from focus education links
This is how we ensure our curriculum has progression at it’s heart – Progression in ART knowledge, concepts and skills
The vocabulary of Art linked to its key concepts – progression-in-art-vocabulary
What do our children say about Art?
“I am proud of my sunflowers and starry night picture.” Monira
“I enjoy art because it is a way of expressing yourself without talking, you can draw what you feel.” Hana
“Van Gogh showed us light and dark colours, he used light colours when he was happy and dark colours when he was sad.” Jacob
“Art makes me feel joyful and it helps me to relieve my stress.” Iliyas
“When I have completed my art work I feel proud because I have worked so hard on it and it is brilliant to stand back and enjoy the finished piece.” Andre
How do we record our Art work?
Here at St Peter’s we are lucky enough to be able to evidence our Art work in a sketch book and scrap book. We recognise that artists record their work in these books so we jumped at the chance to get creative and express our God given talents too.
In our sketch books you will see us imitating an artists style and practising our own techniques. We try to reflect on our work within these books and add annotations through short notes or by sticking in post-stick notes.
In our scrap books you will find artist or Art history studies and work that has been completed on separate pieces of paper.
Art in our school
Myself and the lovely Science leader Mrs Udall have hosted an Art and Space Week competition. Our theme was “Women in Space” and everybody had to spend the morning of Friday the 8th October completing Art work that matched this theme. Last night myself and Mrs Udall chose two winners from each phase and it was such a TRICKY decision. The children had worked so, so hard and we are so proud of all of our entries.
The winners will be announced this Friday the 15th of October during our Celebration Assembly time. We can’t wait for you to win your prizes.
I have been busy leading an Art club for the children in Year 2 and Year 3. We have been focussing on Insects this half term. The children have sketched different insects and used pastel crayons to draw them in colour. This week we made Insect Mosaics. I was so proud of the children, it was clear they have been working hard to develop their Art skills and they showed fantastic creativity.
Our school held an Eco and Art competition to see if the children could design a mural that an artist is going to be displayed on our school playground. It was a very tough decision for Mrs Finney, Mrs Snee and Mrs Pedley to choose a winner and in the end they decided to merge a few different children’s ideas together. The whole school had great fun designing their murals and we can’t wait to see the finished piece on our school playground.
The children in Year Three have loved learning about our Local History this half term. Our school is very lucky to be situated where it is because our Local History is so brilliant. We are famously known as The Potteries because of the abundance of clay and coal we had available to us. The children have looked at the work of local artist Sid Kirkham and practised adding tones and textures to their work just like he did. They have also designed their own cups and plates having been inspired by the designs of Spode and Emma Bridgewater. I wonder if in years to come we will be able to take our future children to visit potteries factories that our current Year Three class have opened!
To celebrate St Joseph’s feast day on the 19th February every class completed some Art work to showcase our fantastic art skills. We entered a competition with our Diocese and we held our own in school competition with Phase Winners. The children have WOW’d us in school and we just wish we could give every single child a prize.
It was so tricky for myself and Mrs Snee to choose phase winners and we ordered some very , lovely prizes to help the children learn more about St Joseph and carry on being creative at home during the Easter Holidays.
A big well done to
Musa in Nursery
Lily in Year 1
Mariana in Year 3
Elim in Year 5
At St Peter’s we all know that we have the power to be Leaders of the Future so we have been thinking about the careers God is calling us to do when we are older. Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 have created a wonderful Art gallery in our corridor to display our different vocations.
Here are some examples of the fantastic Art work we continued to produce during our recent School closure.
Our MP Johnathan Gullis has invited us to take part in a Christmas Card design competition. The whole school spent time designing Christmas Cards and we have been so pleased with the results that we have decided to host our own in school competition and have a winner from each phase, I wonder who will be our winner? STAY TUNED!
I have loved visiting classes to see our children taking part in their Art lessons, lots of children have told me it was the subject that they missed the most whilst they were stuck at home and I am so pleased to see the progress they are making.
In Year 3 the children have been combining their Stone Age History learning with the cave paintings that were created during that period. We have swapped paint brushes for sticks and could only use colours like red, white, yellow and orange (because during the Stone Age they would have had to make paints from plants and animal bones – YUK)
It has been lovely to see Miss Thurston’s Craft Club with Year 1 every Tuesday. Look at their fantastic self portraits inspired by Andy Goldsworthy.
Although our school has been closed since the Spring term due to Covid19 we are taking part in a Spirited Arts competition from home and school. There were different themes the children could choose from and I have been blown away by the work I have seen completed in school and that I have received from home.
Your Spirited Arts entries were just superb children, but I could only choose three winners.
Well done to Hana, Jacob and Mauri! You completed your work so thoughtfully and you really used your talents to express God’s great Earth! Well done!
Our Art work didn’t stop over the lock down. Look at the charitable work our head girl Ashalee has been busy with, what a role model to her faith she is, living out our grateful and generous values and virtues.
As part of our PSHE Dreams and Goals Topic the children thought about their dreams and hopes for life. Each year group had a different garden themed item to design and create in order to make our Garden of Dreams display.
We think our Garden of Dreams is definitely an enthusiastic gardener’s fantasy and it is lovely to see the children reflecting on the different careers that they would love to specialise in as they get older. I can spy Tanisha’s dream to become an artist and judging by her flower I think that bright primary and secondary colours with light tones and tints will be a big feature within her work.
During the Autumn term our curriculum wall had an Art theme. The children have loved using different mediums to recreate the work of Great Artists and also show off their own imagination and creativity. The children are incredibly proud of the work they have created and so are we.
We can see we have lots of budding artists ready to release their creativeness on the world. Well done children!
We follow the National Curriculum Guidelines and these are incorporated into our topic overviews. This provides children with opportunities to ensure that investigating and making includes exploring and developing ideas and evaluating and developing work to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. “Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life, which helps to build a balanced personality.” Bridget Riley, Painter.
Through a broad and balanced curriculum the aims for Art are to ensure that all pupils:
- Are offered opportunities to stimulate their creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
- Learn about the function of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures
- Learn how to make thoughtful judgments and aesthetic and practical decisions
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
- Become visually literate and to develop their individual capacity for imaginative and original thought.
Our Art Curriculum is of a high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes;
- A celebration of learning for each term which demonstrates progression across the school;
- Pupil discussions about their learning; which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.