Our school vision is that as a Catholic school, God is at the heart of all we do. We believe that each person is made in His image, deserving to be treated with respect and dignity. Through the teaching of Art and Design we show respect, love and care for everyone and everything, there is harmony between pupils and each individual child realises their full potential, spiritually, academically, physically, socially and emotionally.
Art at St. Thomas More Catholic Primary School
At St Thomas More our curriculum is based on the key principles and beliefs of our Bishop. We ensure that through the lens of faith we develop individual, unique people and form the foundations of them being able to contribute to society. This is reflected in our Art and Design Curriculum.
Our teaching of Art and Design at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School aims to enable children to develop the substantive and disciplinary skills detailed in the National Curriculum while still affording them the creative freedom to express themselves as individuals.
The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Our curriculum is designed to build confidence and skills year on year and allow children of all age and abilities to experience success. This links to the vision across the curriculum and is embedding our spiral curriculum design. We incorporate art and design across all subjects where possible and fully realise the potential that this subject provides in relation to overcoming barriers (particularly those created by language) and in enabling our pupils to realise their full potential spiritually, academically and emotionally.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, Art and Design and Design and Technology are covered through Expressive Art and Design. At St Thomas More we know that it is this development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness that supports their imagination and creativity. The planned continuous provision resources and activities across EYFS ensure regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling the children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, Art and Design and Design and Technology are taught alternatively for half a term each. The subjects are timetabled to be taught once per week across both KS1 and KS2. The teaching and learning in our creative art sessions can be characterised as an inclusive differentiated approach where we aim to facilitate children of all abilities to experience a sense of achievement and pride through the work that they produce. We ensure clear scaffolding for pupils whilst building in challenge too; aiming for all children to take ownership of their learning.
Our lessons are formed around the ‘Plan Bee’ scheme of work. We judge this to be a robust scheme that incorporates many cross-curriculum links. It delivers a good variety of different art forms and includes art from a range of different cultures. Each year group studies an artist, an art technique and landscapes.
This successful approach to Art and Design lessons at St Thomas More Catholic Primary School will result in engaging, fun, high-quality Art lessons that promote a love, respect, care and curiosity for the World. The frequent, continuous and progressive Art and Design learning will embed the National Curriculum aims ensuring the children are making good or better progress.
We are proud to have signed up to the 'Access All Arts' projects running between 6th and 10th June this year. To find out more about this exciting new learning programme follow the link below...