At St Andrew's C of E Primary School, our intent is to provide our children with a creative, captivating and challenging curriculum that equips them for today and tomorrow. We believe that our Art and Design lessons can provide children with opportunities to develop their imagination, explore their creative thinking and challenge their ability to 'push out into the deep'.
At St Andrews, ensuring children have opportunities to be imaginative, explore different materials and develop their ideas is an important part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, mainly within the 'expressive art and design' area of learning. Children are encouraged to practise their handling, moving and control skills (for example, by painting, using clay and ). Materials should be accessible for children to develop and explore their ideas and to be imaginative.
The content of our Art and Design curriculum is set out in the National Curriculum for primary schools in England. Our children are given opportunities to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products through drawing, painting and sculpture. They explore different techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Another important aspect of our Art curriculum is that we learn 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.
The content of our Art and Design curriculum in Key Stage 2 builds on what children have learned in Key Stage 1. Children will develop and improve their skills in drawing, painting and sculpture using a range of different materials. They are expected to create sketch books to record their learning and to use them to review and revisit ideas. They continue to learn about great artists, architects and designers in history.