Art and Design
Our Art and Design Curriculum: Weaving the Threads
At Wittersham Church of England Primary School, our commitment to a well-rounded, bespoke curriculum, which encompasses the golden threads of Compare, Reflect, and Discover, extends to every facet of our students' education, including our Art and Design curriculum. We proudly use the Kapow scheme of work to ensure our students receive a comprehensive and enriching artistic education.
In the world of education, there is a prevailing understanding of the significance of art and design in children's development. The great American educator, Elliot Eisner, once remarked, "The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic." This sentiment resonates profoundly with our intent in teaching Art and Design.
Our Art and Design curriculum is not solely about nurturing young artists but also about developing critical thinkers, creative problem solvers, and individuals with a deeper appreciation for the world's aesthetic dimensions. It encourages students to Compare different artistic styles and cultures, Reflect on the emotions and ideas conveyed through art, and Discover their own creative potential.
Kapow's innovative scheme of work provides a structured yet flexible approach to Art and Design education. Through this scheme, we utilise inquiry-based learning, a pedagogical approach inspired by educational theorist Lev Vygotsky, who emphasised the role of social interaction in learning. In our art classes, students explore and create art together, fostering collaboration and communication.
Our Art and Design curriculum allows students to express themselves, develop their own unique artistic styles, and build on their experiences. By encouraging our students to create, we are promoting courage and risk-taking, values deeply rooted in our school ethos. These values go hand in hand with the development of a creative and confident mindset, which extends to all aspects of their education and life.
The impact of our Art and Design curriculum goes beyond what meets the eye. Our students not only produce beautiful pieces of art but also grow into individuals who are open to new ideas, respectful of diverse perspectives, and capable of cooperation. They learn to appreciate the aesthetics of the world around them and are equipped with a set of skills that will serve them well in the future, regardless of their chosen path.
In conclusion, our Art and Design curriculum, underpinned by the Kapow scheme of work, embodies our school's commitment to a well-balanced and holistic education. It aligns with the golden threads of Compare, Reflect, and Discover, which run through all aspects of our curriculum. Through this approach, we nurture not only young artists but also young minds, fostering the values of compassion, courage, and cooperation.