Our school learning environment is bright and colourful, showing off the creative talents of both staff and children. We give the children opportunities and stimuli to explore the styles, techniques and designs of famous painters, sculptors and architects both modern and classical. We provide a curriculum where skills are taught so the children can explore and experiment using different techniques, materials, textures, form, pattern and colour. It also supports work in other foundation subjects. Lessons give children a calm space to explore and reflect on the designs of others and where they learn to express their own opinions. Self-evaluation is seen as a positive technique for supporting self-improvement.
At Abbey Meads, we aim to provide children with a wide range of creative experiences from a very young age in order to fulfil their creative potential. We believe that Art should be taught as an integral part of topic work as well as a discreet subject, where specific skills & processes can be explored and developed.
We feel that it is important for children to explore, build upon and record their own creative and imaginative ideas. So that they develop an understanding of Art as a way to express themselves, communicate their ideas & feelings and develop their imagination and creativity through a variety of art mediums.
We follow the National Curriculum (2014) for Art and design https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-art-and-design-programmes-of-study through which the children are taught a progression of essential skills to enable them to experiment and explore with the different materials and techniques involved in the key elements of art such as colour, texture, pattern, line and form.
They will be involved in individual and collaborative pieces of work, during which they will develop their ideas in their sketchbooks. These books play an important role in providing each child with a space where they are free to express, create, develop and learn. For the children sketchbooks demonstrate the process of gathering inspiration, exploring art mediums, developing an understanding of concepts, recording their responses, reviewing, modifying and evaluating their work.
Each year group will also learn about the work of famous artists, craft makers and designers reflecting culturally and ethnically diverse artists, and use this knowledge to influence their own work. Valuable discussions about these artists enable our children to develop an understanding of the historical and cultural development of art and they are encouraged to express their thoughts, ideas and interpretations.
Our aim is to link our art teaching to our topics. However some lessons may stand alone. We work hard to make important links to other foundation subjects in the curriculum.
Art Units Per Yeargroup