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At St Michael’s CE primary school, we believe that teaching and learning in art is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of art education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.  

“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.”  

Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureat. 

Art enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. 

Children explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Art is not taught in isolation, although it retains its creative base and its skills and techniques.  Wherever appropriate, Art is linked to other areas of the curriculum and gives children the opportunities to develop specific art skills and reinforces skills already established. 

 

Curriculum Aims:        

  • foster an understanding and enjoyment of art, craft and design,  

  • experience a broad and balanced range of art activities and show progression within these experiences,  

  • show development of ideas and their own skills through the use of a sketchbook,   

  • develop their ability to observe, investigate, respond to and record the world around them through a growing variety of forms and media,   

  • develop use of a range of tools, media and processes,  

  • develop an understanding of the work of artists, crafts people and designers and apply this knowledge to their own work,   

  • provide opportunities for studying historical, cultural and religious art,   

  • through art extend and enrich other curriculum areas.  

The Foundation Stage   

The different aspects of the arts are encompassed within Creative Development in the Foundation Stage Curriculum, however elements can also be found in other areas of learning (Physical development, English and Mathematics). This curriculum lends itself to an integrated approach to learning. Foundation teachers plan quality learning opportunities for art using the Early Years Curriculum. There is an emphasis on independence and self-initiated learning, which enables foundation stage children to freely explore resources and pursue their own creative interests and talents in addition to the planned learning experiences.  

Key Stages 1 and 2  

Staff use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art lessons relating to the theme and children’s abilities and experience. Activities are planned using the National Curriculum as a starting point and relate to a variety of cross-curricular links.  

Our planning includes opportunities for:  

  • children to work individually, in pairs or in larger groups,  

  • preliminary investigation work through the use of sketch books,  

  • first-hand experience,  

  • visiting artists to work with children to give them the experience of working with a professional,  

  • use of a range of materials (2D and 3D), computing, artefacts and visits out in the surrounding area,  

  • evaluation of ideas and methods,  

  • children to see that their work is valued, celebrated and displayed around the school.  

 

In foundation, the children enjoyed created diva lamps with clay when learning about Diwali and how the festival of light is celebrated.

As part of Years 3 and 4 Discover theme, 'who left the greatest legacy?', the children incorporated photography with headdresses and jewellery inspired by those worn by the pharaohs of Ancient Egypt.

Our Discover theme this term has produced some wonderful sculptures in Years 5 and 6 created from metal. Exploring inventors from the industrial revolution and creations linking to the core text 'Cogheart' by Peter Bunzl demonstrate the legacy that has been left from this era. Paper buildings have also been sculpted to reflect Prince Albert's architecture and creation of buildings dedicated to the arts; including, The Royal Albert Hall.


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