Curriculum Overview and Policy
Vision for Art & Design
At St Oswald’s Catholic Primary School, we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We believe that art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. At St Oswald’s, we believe that high-quality Art and Design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
Art is important to our curriculum, it is a non-verbal means of organising ideas and expressing feelings, therefore every child is able to participate. Adults in school promote the enjoyment and understanding of Art and teach the skills appropriate to the age and abilities of the children.
All children are taught the skills and knowledge outlined in the programmes of study in the National Curriculum for Art. The general requirements are for a balanced programme of art, craft and design activities, working individually, in groups, and as a whole class. Work is recorded in sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show their progression from Nursery to Year 6 within their artistic competency. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art. They should also have an awareness of how art reflects our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of the nation.
In the design of the curriculum, we look at ways to provide more opportunities for Art in a variety of areas of the curriculum. Liverpool has a variety of galleries and museums, providing opportunities for educational visits that will enrich the lessons.