Our art curriculum is designed to 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. Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning about how art has shaped our history and how it reflects it. As a result, we are embodying the highest forms of human creativity. They do this by studying a range of skills linked to the National Curriculum. Each unit of work which is linked to their Topic learning provides children with the opportunity to learn new skills and build on their prior learning. As pupil progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
In Key Stage One - Pupils are given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as printing and collage in Year 2. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Another important aspect of the art and design curriculum is learning 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. In Key Stage Two - The content of the art and design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture, as well as printing in Year 3 and 4 by using a range of different materials. They create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.