Art and Design
We value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend their skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a better understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape history and contribute to culture, creativity and the wealth of our nation.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles/collage and printing.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The children are taught Art through a range of lessons, some linking to topics other explicit projects linking to skills. The areas covered through teaching and learning are painting, drawing, sculpture, collage/textiles, printing an art through technology. Just some of the examples of topic-based art include Blitz shadow painting (WW2), Bronze Age clay bell beakers and Rainforest block printing. The work of artists and designers are explored throughout to enhance the children’s learning. The learning has been further enhanced through whole school Art days and class galleries.
Ongoing assessment takes place throughout the year which teachers use to inform future lessons; ensuring children are both supported and challenged appropriately. Per topic the children and teacher complete an assessment page to show the achievement of skills as well as a overall comment from the class teacher. The assessment can then be analysed on a termly basis to inform and address any trends or gaps in the children’s achievement and effort.
Throughout the year the KS1 children are given the opportunity to join art club to further develop their artistic skills. Art club have enjoyed creating different works of art for the Church and the school library.