Curriculum & Assessment
Stillness Junior School holds art and design in high regard and has a specialist art teacher who teaches all year groups in a spacious art-dedicated classroom which has large windows letting in natural light. Since Art, including Craft and Design, is a foundation subject in the National Curriculum and is a compulsory subject in Secondary School, we want to give our children the best possible advantage for the future.
Children generally enjoy drawing, and we try to use that enthusiasm to introduce new materials and techniques in two dimensional and three dimensional work (including printmaking, use of craft tools, craft techniques, clay work, watercolours, gouache, and sculptural techniques), and grow their proficiency and confidence in using them. We aim to provide a high-quality art education which engages, inspires and challenges pupils.
We follow the National Curriculum Art and Design programme of study and as such our aims are for children to:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.All year groups are taught art in one lesson per week, and there is also provision for students in year 4, 5 and 6, who are more able and gifted (or particularly keen), to develop their skills further in extra weekly art lessons. Extra art classes are smaller than normal to allow for greater on-on-one teacher-student engagement, and more specialist materials and skills are explored. (Because these classes are smaller, some children may not have the opportunity during the course of one year to be involved in such a group, but all will have an opportunity to participate in extra art during their time at Stillness.)There are also weekly after school clubs: Craft Club, Clay Club, Knitting Club, Art Club and Baking Club for the children who particularly enjoy these disciplines and want to develop their skills further.
- The appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enrich all of our lives and all work is celebrated around the school in the classroom and common area displays. We also work with outside artists and organisations who provide special workshops, competitions and exhibitions to engage the children through art in the wider community.