Art & Design
"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 Purpose of Study.
At Welsh House Farm Community School we aim to develop every child’s creativity and appreciation of the arts, through the teaching of a broad, imaginative art and design curriculum. We aim to develop each child’s knowledge and understanding through teaching the skills needed for them to become creative, expressive and proficient in the arts.
Within school, we use the National Scheme of Work as the basis for our curriculum planning. In Foundation Stage, the teaching of Art and Design follows the Development Matters Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document– Expressive Arts and Design – ‘Exploring and Using Media and Materials’ and ‘Being Imaginative’. The children have daily access to the creative areas, developing their skills and imagination through child-initiated learning.
Teaching in Key Stage 1 and 2 is based on the National Curriculum (2014) expectations. Art and Design is taught across the whole school through seven strands: drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3d sculpture and digital media. It is taught weekly, by class teachers, as an important part of the wider broad and balanced curriculum, and often links directly to the topic being taught in class.
All children across the school are given the opportunity and resources to produce creative work, explore their ideas and express themselves imaginatively. They are also taught about great artists and designers and the rich historical and cultural importance of their works.
Our art work is celebrated through vibrant displays within classrooms and across the whole school. Each child also has an individual ‘Art and Design Profile’, which showcases the progression of their skills across the seven strands, from Year 1 through to Year 6. The children are encouraged to evaluate their own work and the work of others, progressively developing the confidence to voice their personal opinions about a range of art.
Whilst at Welsh House Farm, children are given the opportunity to work with professional artists and to view works of art in the wider world. The school is regularly involved in arts based community projects. Art is also offered as an extra-curriculum activity.