Art and Design at Old Moat
Old Moat is a diverse community in central Manchester, where pupils, staff and parents bring a wealth of cultural experience to our school. The creative arts curriculum at Old Moat is designed to reflect this broad spectrum of cultural diversity and aims to showcase the very best of Mancunian, British and international artists and designers. Drawing from the National Curriculum outcomes for Art & Design and Design & Technology, we deliver creative, cross-curricular learning experiences through a ‘Big Question’ approach. During a unit of work, pupils are given the opportunity to analyse and appreciate existing art or products. From here, they practise and develop specific skills that they will need to produce their own end product. As true artists and creative thinkers, we want children to share, analyse and evaluate their work, revising and redrafting where appropriate. To support this, the progression of skills within each discipline is carefully mapped out to ensure that, year on year, pupils become increasingly proficient in each media and technique. As they become older and develop the mechanics of each skill, a greater emphasis is placed on making decisions about how they use this knowledge and apply the skills for their intended final impact.