Welcome to Art & Design at Lightmoor
It is our intent that through our Art and Design curriculum, high-quality art lessons inspire, engage and challenge children at Lightmoor to develop a curiosity and want to know more and remember more about the world of art and design. By equipping children with the knowledge and understanding of how to produce creative work, explore ideas and record experiences, they will become proficient in drawing, painting and sculpture, and other art and design techniques. Our curriculum drivers are ‘Celebrating Diversity’ and ‘Endless Possibilities’, as we want to equip children with an understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritage through the study of range of artists. Each topic is underpinned by rich, substantive knowledge and ambitious vocabulary, whilst also ensuring the children are developing their disciplinary knowledge (artistic skills). As well as developing a breadth of artistic knowledge, we want our children to know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Above all this, we want children to be passionate about learning and understand how art and design both reflect and shape our history, contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Children will develop their experiential knowledge through big art projects, museum and gallery visits and exhibiting their own creations.
The foundation subjects at Lightmoor are taught on a cycle to support the working memory of pupils by regularly revisiting each subject during the academic year. This ensures that children achieve depth in their learning. The most powerful knowledge and skills have been identified and given consideration to ensuring that progression across topics and year groups is achieved. At the beginning of a new unit of learning, children have the opportunity to recall prior learning as well as what they would like to find out. This informs the programme of study and also ensures that lessons are relevant and take account of children’s different starting points. Through our commitment to inclusion, there are high aspirations for all pupils. Appropriate scaffolding and challenge ensure that the needs of all pupils are met. Cross curricular links are capitalised on to deepen learning and the local environment is fully utilised for the study of art.
At Lightmoor, our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. There are opportunities in individual lessons and at the start and end of a unit of work to assess whether children know and remember more. There are clear end points for pupils in all year groups to achieve age related expectations in art and design. We strive to ensure that all pupils at Lightmoor are well prepared for the next stage of their education.