In EYFS, art starts in Nursery with printing, mark making drawings and painting with poster paints. Children can choose art as a ‘free flow
activity’ and there are plenty of opportunities for children to access paints, colour mixing, drawing using pencils, pens, crayons and chalks. Children have opportunity to experiment using different surfaces for their art, such as pavements, sand, paper, cardboard and wall paper. Art supplies are readily available for them to access and they are encouraged to complete adult led and independent art activities on a daily basis.
All children access ’Write Dance’ on a daily basis, this is a programme, which supports children with the development of their gross and fine motor skills with the final aim being representative drawings and beautiful handwriting.
From Year 1 to Year 6, we use the National Curriculum to plan art. We identify what the children need to learn and the skills they need to acquire through the ‘art splats’ which are inside each child’s sketch book. Skills set are categorized into Foundation ’primary colours,’ KS1 ’secondary colours’ and KS2 ’Tertiary colours.’ Children also have the opportunity to study artists through the Outdoor Classroom and take part in many creative activities linked to these artists.
Each class has a large A2 sketch book, which follows the class throughout their time at Bradley Barton. The sketch book shows examples of children’s work and skills acquired throughout their time in school.
Art and Design is led by Heidi Hammond.
The National Curriculum states:
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.
Children's views of their learning
These are examples of learning where children have worked collaboratively to create cross curricular displays in and around the school environment.
Successes of 2016 -2017
The whole school had the opportunity to meet with 'Becky Bettesworth; who is a local artist to our school. The children used her artwork to help inspire them and together they each produced a piece of artwork for a whole school art gallery. The gallery provided children with the opportunity to see some beautiful creative pictures and most importantly, a chance to show Becky their work!!