Art and Design Intent
The art and design curriculum at Mudeford Junior School will engage, inspire and challenge all children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills that they will need to explore, experiment with ideas and discover their own works of art, craft and design.
Sketchbooks are used to develop and showcase children’s ideas and to build on individual knowledge and skills in drawing, painting, modelling, printmaking, collage and textiles. Children are encouraged to work independently but also in group collaborations to create artistic pieces on both small and large scales which are celebrated on displays around the school.
At Mudeford Junior School, art and design is taught beyond the national curriculum within a relevant and meaningful context. Art and design is a discrete, timetabled subject. We make purposeful cross-curricular links through ‘Global and Community Cohesion’ weeks, art through history and in other cultures. The children will engage in research about artists and designers and learn about local and diverse cultures to enlighten their imagination and broaden their understanding of the world around them. As well as this, children will have the opportunity to visit art galleries and experience school visits from working artists.
Children leave our school ready to move on to the next stage in their art and design education with a broad knowledge of a range of artists and artistic skills. Children will be creative in the works of art they form and be able to think analytically and critically when evaluating artistic intent, as well as their own and other children’s art.
Year group planning
During the children’s time within our school they will cover the 6 major art areas: sketching and drawing, painting, modelling, textiles, printing and collage. Within the lower Juniors these 6 key areas are taught and then in the Upper Juniors these are revisited, reinforced and developed further. Please see our curriculum map. Throughout the art topics the children are encouraged to collect, experiment and evaluate in their sketch books. They also collect photographic evidence of themselves working or of their final pieces. Computing plays a part in every topic, whether it is to research a particular artist, creating a piece using one of our design programmes or to use interactive resources (such as virtual gallery tools).
The new planning not only incorporates all of the necessary art skills but also has been written to compliment the Year groups Humanities (Geography and History) topics. For example; Year 4 Summer term have the Topic, 'Myths and Legends'. Their art topic is sketching which uses the artist Mårten Eskil Winge as inspiration.