“Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human 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, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.” National Curriculum 2014
Art and Design Curriculum Statement
Through our Christian Faith, we acknowledge our responsibility to all, to enrich lives and show love and respect within our school family.
We believe in lifelong learning aiming to equip our children to live life today and for tomorrow rooted in Christian love.
For nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37)
Our school is the church on the hill; the light that brings Jesus into the lives of all in our community.
Upon this rock I will build my church (Matthew 16:18)
Our Art and Design curriculum has been designed to ensure each and every child ‘can do art’ and has the time and opportunities to be artistic in their own unique way. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity and we positively endorse the promotion of artistic skills throughout school.
In school we focus on, not only high-quality art and design, but the ways children can be inspired and challenged by art and design in the world around them. We equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design as well as develop appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum.
Creativity is encouraged through individual and collaborative learning experiences, a positive growth mind set, a sense of responsibility and challenges that take them beyond the classroom.
We are a Christian school and use Christian artists, crafts people, art work and scriptures to help promote our understanding of spiritual art and the impact this can have on the artist and observer.
Ultimately our art and design curriculum is intended to:
- Develop our head and body : What we learn
- Develop our hearts and character: Who we are
- Develop our actions and attitudes: How we show appreciation and evaluation
- Develop our moral compass: How our work, actions, thoughts and creativity impacts on our local and national communities.
Through quality teaching of knowledge, skills and vocabulary in art and design we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, explore their ideas and record 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 children will be challenged to be inquisitive, compassionate, courageous and creative learners. They will have opportunities to influence their own learning through age appropriate and progressive themes and topics.
Effective learning characteristics including being ambitious, reflective and imaginative will drive teaching and learning in art and design.
Early Years Pupils will be taught:
Expressive arts and design which involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.
Key stage 1 Pupils will be taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key Stage 2 Pupils will be taught:
- to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
As pupils progress, they will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
By the end of each key stage, pupils will know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the National Curriculum for art and design.
Our children will have a confident set of art and design skills, knowledge, supported by Christian values which can be used to get ahead in education and life more generally. In short they will learn more, remember more, enjoy more and develop more creatively, spiritually, socially and emotionally. Thus enabling them to be ready for their next stage in education.