At All Saints, Art and Design is led by Miss Pickering. Having studied fine art and textiles, Miss Pickering has a good understanding of the fundamental skills that make up our curriculum. She has a passion for art and hopes that this will inspire the children at our school to learn the skills they need to become their very own creative learners!
At All Saints, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft 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.
The purpose of our Art and Design education is to give our children the skills, concepts, and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
In line with our Biblical Root, 'We Are God's Handiwork', we aim to equip our children with the skills to use their creativity to become an inspiration to others and to live their lives in healthy and meaningful way.
In Early Years, pupils are given the opportunity to:
- use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes.
- safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
- represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.
At Key Stage 1 pupils develop their skills further through increasing their knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques, environments and their own identity and experiences.
At this stage pupils can expect to:
- use colour, shape, pattern, and texture to express their emotions and ideas.
- learn about other artists and art from a variety of cultures.
- explore how the art was made, what it was made from and their thoughts and feelings regarding each piece.
At Key Stage 2 pupils develop their creativity further by increasing their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes.
Pupils’ experiences at this stage enable them to:
- understand the diverse functions of art in the wider world.
- learn how to improve their use of tools and become confident in using a variety of techniques.
- increase their awareness of the purposes of art from historical periods and begin to ask themselves about the purpose, creation, materials, and significance of a variety of art works.
Children will become creative learners, who have a web of knowledge about the great artists of the world. As teachers there will be an emphasis placed on individuality and children will be given the freedom to explore art using their imagination. Children will have embedded the key art and design skills needed to allow them to produce inventive pieces of art.
Progression in art will be assessed through the pupils’ sketch books, which pass with the child to the next year group, displays and photographic evidence.
Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design and their progress is tracked termly. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the reception year.