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 yearly progression maps. These 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 child is issued with an A4 'art journal' which will show the skills taught in class, alongside any pieces of artwork.
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