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.
The National Curriculum, 2014
At Oak View Primary and Nursery School we believe that children should have the opportunity to reach their full potential through the provision of a creative, balanced curriculum in a positive, caring environment. We seek to ensure that all children, regardless of age, gender or ability, have full access to Art and Design and are given opportunities to explore their own creativity and develop their skills and knowledge.
Our approach to art teaching is two-fold. Art is taught as a distinct subject, with a focus on structured development of skills and knowledge, while opportunities to link in with other subjects are also encouraged. We seek to ensure that our teaching reﬂects the current guidance to schools and enables our children to make the best possible progress.
In the Nursery and Reception classes children are encouraged to explore mark making and designing using a range of different media. This includes use of paint, pencils, pens, collage materials and lots of glue! Art and Design experiences feature in all aspects of the foundation stage curriculum:
Personal, social and emotional development.
Communication, language and literacy.
Problem solving, reasoning and numeracy.
Knowledge and understanding of the world.
Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1, the children begin to undertake distinct art lessons which progressively develop skills in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. They begin to explore the works of a wide range of other artists, craft makers and designers, and use appropriate vocabulary to describe their own work and the work of others.
Care is taken to ensure the children are given opportunities to use skills developed in these lessons creatively, both in art lessons and in their response to other areas of learning.
Key stage 2
In Key Stage 2 the children continue to develop and refine their skills, broadening the range of media they use, and begin to learn how to use sketchbooks to record observations and review and revisit ideas.
They explore the work of artists, architects and designers in history, taking inspiration from what they see and applying the ideas they see in their own art.
Children learn important life skills through Art and Design, including how to give and receive advice, respecting others and approaching any difficulties with resilience.