Art and Design
Art at Breckon Hill Primary School
“Art is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. “
The National Curriculum 2014
At Breckon Hill Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
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. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Breckon Hill is based on the National Curriculum and ensures a structured approach to this creative subject and is primarily linked to topics in both KS1 and KS2 wherever possible.
We provide a range of learning experiences for our pupils through class visits and out of school learning. The local area is also fully utilised to support and develop the art curriculum. We have engaged with local Art Gallery, MIMA through our Arts Award.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:
- Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials
- Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects.
- Use different media and materials to express their own ideas
- Explore colour and use for a particular purpose
- Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately
- Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary
Key stage 1
Pupils are taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- 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.
Key stage 2
Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Pupils are taught:
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
Children keep their art work in a folder which travels with them throughout their school lives and we also ensure sketch books evidence their developing skills.
Art is assessed and developed through foundation subject formative assessment. This ensures progression within Expressive Arts and Design, their progress is tracked twice a year.
The impact of the Art curriculum is monitored by the subject leader and evidenced in an annual portfolio