Our aim at Flora Gardens is that Art and DT are delivered through a rich, imaginative and creative cross-curricular approach. Our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Our topic based curriculum enables children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth.
The teaching and implementation of Art and Design at Flora Gardens Primary School is based on the National Curriculum. We use an Art skills progression document to ensure appropriate age related skills are being taught from EYFS to Year 6. Class teachers are responsible for teaching Art and Design, although have also welcomed visitors and artists from various organisations to be involved with the teaching of topics and whole school assemblies. For example, invited illustrator William Grill to join us for an exciting assembly about his first children's book, Shackleton's Journey. He revealed the inspiration, thought process, and design behind his sketches, as well as hosting drawing workshops for each class in KS2. Here at Flora Gardens, we take every opportunity to build on the children’s cultural capital. One of the ways we do this is by sharing the work of exceptional artists. The children have learnt about Pablo Picasso, Henri Rousseau and Frida Kahlo, just to name a few. This is done in order to enrich our Art and Design provision and to further support the development of our children’s cultural capital.
We were delighted to have been awarded the Artsmark Silver Award in 2018. This award demonstrates Flora Garden’s commitment and passion for delivering high quality Arts education for all students. As well as this, our classroom and corridor displays celebrate the children’s achievements across our wider curriculum subjects. Children take pride in seeing their artwork displayed across the school environment. Teachers use ongoing assessments throughout the year enabling them to inform future art lessons and set appropriate levels of challenge for all students. At Flora Gardens, we also use pupil voice questionnaires as a way to measure the impact of the Arts curriculum on pupils.