In Early Years, Art and DT is taught as part of the ‘expressive arts and design’, ‘EAD’ element of the early years foundation stage curriculum. In nursery and reception there is a ‘constant provision’ of materials for cutting, sticking, drawing, colouring and often painting in each classroom on the ‘art table’. The boys can choose to play and experiment in this area during their free choice afternoons, which are 4 afternoons a week. In addition to this there is one double lesson a week when there is an adult led ‘art or DT’ lesson, taught by the class teacher and teaching assistant together.
In Years 1 and 2 the boys have 1 hour per week. Each term is divided in half with DT and art. The boys explore a variety of artists work and experiment with the different techniques to create their own inspired works. They work with different medium and are encouraged to add their own ideas and individuality into each project.
The Falcons School for Boys Art Department strongly believes in allowing the boys to choose how they work and be more ‘child led’ rather than ‘adult led’. Consequently the boys have created more individual art rather than all making ‘clones’ of the adult example.
The subject is assessed as part of the Early Years Foundation Stage profile where children are assessed at the end of their reception year. They are rated over two areas, ‘exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘being imaginative’.
Progress in KS1 is also assessed by referring to the learning goals and objectives in each terms individual scheme of work which states its expectations from pupils. These draw links with the national curriculum. Such as to draw, paint and sculpt to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. As well as to develop a wide range of art and design techniques using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. The boys have all experienced using the range of techniques whilst creating some creative and exciting pieces of work.
The boys thoroughly enjoy their art lessons and they are exposed to a vast amount of art styles. Some requiring skill and detail, others encourage more expression and freedom. Every boy is able to access the art curriculum and although some work is differentiated through outcome, all boys are stretched and challenged suitably.