Art is taught as an enhancer subject through a thematic approach with links being made to other areas of the curriculum where those links are strong. Some discrete lessons are then taught to ensure curriculum coverage and progression. Children coming into Christ the King have varying prior experiences and lower physical development so teachers ensure that these experiences and resources form a part of the school’s curriculum to fill these gaps - such as EDM (a programme to develop gross and fine motor skills). In EYFS children are provided with a wide range of opportunities to explore media and materials and develop their creative skills. This is built on throughout KS1 and KS2 via a more structured approach. Vocabulary is also given a central focus due to the low literacy and EAL entry points of the children to the school.
Christ the King follows the National Curriculum for Art in all year groups to enable children to make good progress from EYFS to Year 6. Teachers make links to knowledge acquired in previous year groups explicit and adapt lessons so that all children can participate and reach end of year expectations. An Art progression chart has been devised to provide teachers with a more detailed breakdown of the National Curriculum skills for Art in order to support their planning. Working creatively is taught throughout each unit of work with opportunities for children to use their reading skills in research and their mathematical skills when looking at shapes and patterns.