At Northbourne CEP School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in art and design. Art comes in many forms: drama, dance, poetry, craft, painting, sketching, digital art, music, mixed-media, and sculpture to name but a few. We believe that a high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire, and challenge our children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent, and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and Design. Our Art and Design curriculum seeks to inspire and develop children’s critical abilities and understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritages through studying a diverse range of artists.
The National Curriculum for Art aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording 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.
The art curriculum at Northbourne CEP School is taught through the progression of art and design techniques using a range of media and materials. Where possible, creative ideas for our art work link to other curriculum areas such as history or geography. Children learn the skills of drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art and are given opportunities to explore and evaluate different creative ideas.
In every year group, children will learn about specific artists and this will underpin the style of art the children will study. In art lessons children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not. At the end of a unit, children will be able to reflect upon the skills they have developed.
Art learning is recorded through sketchbooks across the school and should typically evidence all stages of the art and design process. Each child is unique and each sketchbook should be unique, enabling children to develop their independence and creativity.
Through the art curriculum at Northbourne CEP School, our children will know that they are entering a diverse world and that they can add to that diversity with their own creative thoughts and passions. They will know that art and creativity can be an invaluable tool to promote wellness and positive mental health.