Art Vision (Subject Lead: Mr C. Williams)
At Alexandra Junior School, our vision is to provide opportunities for all children to express themselves through a range of mediums, developing techniques and skills that build on their prior experiences and understanding of the arts. Art is carefully integrated into topics in order to enhance children’s enjoyment and enrich quality of learning through history and geography topics. Our children also have the opportunity to experiment and create individual works within the Art curriculum, raising self- esteem and allowing children the opportunity to express individual feelings, ideas and strengths that often can’t be accessed through other subjects.
Art is often seen as an avenue in which to explore our own passions. Embedded within our daily life in school is our Alexandra Promise to our pupils and our school context-based drivers, the 5Es (Excel- be awesome, Embrace yourself, Explore the world, Engage with others, Express yourself). Art is a driver for unique expression and interpretation, often playing a vital role in their own personal development and encompasses the qualities of our 5Es. Art is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of individuals and echoes the values of our 5Es.
We aim to make art an enjoyable and hands on experience that encourages all children to participate in a range of activities. During their time at Alexandra Junior School, all children will build their skills in art around drawing, colour, texture, form, printing and pattern using a wide range of mediums.
At Alexandra and Junior School it is our belief that all children have an equal right to a broad and balanced curriculum, which enables them to meet their full potential. Through our teaching we provide learning opportunities that enable all pupils to make good progress. We strive hard to meet the needs of those pupils with special educational needs, those with disabilities, those who are deemed more-able and talented and those learning English as an additional language, and we make all reasonable adjustments to achieve this.
By providing these opportunities, we ensure that our children are motivated, confident, life-long learners who will continue to express themselves through the arts into later life.
We welcome you to review the Intent and Implementation documents to see how the Art curriculum is put into practice.
Subject Lead Statement
At Alexandra Junior School, Art is led and managed by myself, Mr Williams. Here at Alexandra Juniors, we believe that Art is an important driver for all subjects that can allow all children to access their learning and engage in History and Geography topics fully. The skills taught and built upon in Art celebrate individuality and a sense of self and well-being. We all have a different idea of what counts as good Art, and here at Alexandra Juniors, we welcome that unique flare of individual’s skills.
We aim for all Art lessons to be meaningful and purposeful, building upon prior skills and techniques taught in lower yea groups, that allow them to explore a range of technicalities around drawing, texture, pattern, colour, form and printing. Our History and Geography sessions incorporate Art within them, allowing exciting projects to be created around a historical style or object. Standalone lessons are also taught at Alexandra Juniors School to ensure each pupil leaves their year group with a firm understanding of the different mediums and skills need to progress and flourish in the following year.
Each year group will also be able to explore and engage with the work of famous artists within the field of Art they are currently exploring. This again, will allow all of our children to develop an appreciation of style and technique, as well as give them a chance to replicate and further styles.
Art is a proud part of the curriculum here at Alexandra Junior School, and we hope to grow its presence around school through the coming months by working towards obtaining our Arts Mark award.