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Art & Design

Art at Manor Leas Junior Academy

Intent - What's the vision?

At Manor Leas Junior Academy, we ensure all pupils are provided the opportunity to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. In our school, we want all pupils to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Our curriculum provides opportunities to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. By the time pupils leave Manor Leas Junior Academy, children will be equipped with knowledge about great artists as well as an understanding of  the historical and cultural development of a range of art forms. 

Implementation – How does it work across school?  

In order to deliver our intent across the school, we use a variety of strategies and resources that are outlined below: 

Carefully Mapped Curriculum – At Manor Leas Junior Academy, we have tailored our curriculum to cover vital strands of the arts. Each year group has been allocated content that covers a range of media, skills, genres and artists. In our school, we dedicate a weekly slot of 25 minutes curriculum time to art, allowing children to build upon skills weekly up to a final piece. An overview of each year groups art curriculum is provided below. 

Art Weeks - Each academic year, Manor Leas dedicate two full weeks to art. This enable children to enrich, apply, consolidate and explore art in much more depth. One of our art weeks is dedicated to expression and communication of social justice and the other exploring sculpture as an art form and its power of communication. From participating in both these week long projects, children will leave with a final piece that they have explored, devloped and evaluated.