At Wembley Primary we value Art and Design as an important part of children's entitlement to a broad and balance curriculum. We have therefore carefully curated our curriculum to provide our children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills as well as to be inspired, able to express their ideas and develop their interests.
As Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Therefore our Art curriculum provides children with opportunities to develop their skills using a range of media and materials. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will be introduced to a range of works and develop knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by famous artists. The skills they acquire are applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills to reflect on and explore topics in greater depth. In lessons, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. This should be meaningful and continuous throughout the process, with evidence of age-related verbal and written refection. They are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
Our curriculum is based around for principles Making, Ideas, Knowledge and Explain or Evaluate. We call this 'MIKE' for short. Through the use of MIKE we are able to plan our lessons ensuring all these aspects are covered providing children with opportunities throughout the school to use these 4 principles independently in their learning.