At St Mary and St Giles Primary School, we believe Art and Design should be fully inclusive to every child and we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum, allowing curiosity, creativity and self-expression to develop alongside resilience, confidence, collaboration and critical thinking skills. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum, ensuring the progressive development of knowledge and skills whilst developing the children’s competence in various Art and Design techniques.
The skills and knowledge that children will develop throughout each Discovery topic are mapped across each year group and throughout the school to ensure progression. The emphasis on knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists they are learning about and being inspired by. This enables links to other curriculum areas. A similar focus on skills means that children are given opportunities to express their creative imagination, as well as practise and develop mastery in the key processes of art; drawing painting, printing, textiles and sculpture. The school’s Art and Design curriculum is supported through the availability of a wide range of quality resources, which are used to support the children’s confidence in the use of different media.
In Art and Design, children are encouraged to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes to keep improving. Through the implementation of this curriculum, the children are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.