Ladycross Infant and Nursery School

“If you think your child’s academic studies are more important than the arts, think again” - Plato.

At Ladycross we promote a balanced, broad and inspirational Art and Design curriculum. The study of art and design is crucial in developing imagination, creativity, confidence and problem solving skills.

Imagination is more important than Knowledge ….For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world  “ Albert Einstein

 Our youngest learners in the Early Years begin their adventures in art by experimenting and exploring. This love of art is then further developed into KS1 We offer a structure and sequence of lessons where children learn the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also expand  their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. Art and design lessons offers the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

 

Intent

At Ladycross we promote a balanced, broad and inspirational Art and Design curriculum. The study of art and design is crucial in developing imagination, creativity, confidence and problem solving skills.

“ Imagination is more important than Knowledge ….For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world  “ Albert Einstein

Our youngest learners in the Early Years begin their adventures in art by experimenting and exploring. This love of art is then further developed into KS1 We offer a structure and sequence of lessons where children learn the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work. Children have the opportunity to explore their ideas and record their experiences, as well as exploring the work of others and evaluate different creative ideas. Children will become confident and proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpting, as well as other selected craft skills e.g. collage, printing, weaving and patterns. Children will also develop their knowledge of famous artists, designers and craft makers. Children will also expand their interest and curiosity about art and design through a series of lessons offering skills progression, knowledge progression and offering children the opportunity to ask questions and demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways. Art and design lessons offers the chance for children to develop their emotional expression through art to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.

Implementation

The teaching of Art and Design at Ladycross Infant School is based upon the EYFS curriculum and The National curriculum.

The arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing, and arithmetic…music, dance, painting, and theatre are all keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment.” ~William Bennett, Former US Secretary of Education.

To ensure a clear structure for the teaching of Art and design  across school a progression of skills is in place. This ensures that the children are given the opportunity to revisit and review previous learning, whilst systematically building upon these existing skills to move learning forward, thus preparing them for the next stage in their learning and development. 

Each key stage focuses on different themes to ensure continued interest in the subject as well as acquiring new knowledge. The lessons we have suggested develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Children should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We have suggested a specific series of lessons for each year group, which will offer structure and narrative.

Impact

Art and design learning is loved by teachers and pupils across school. Teachers have high expectations and more quality evidence can be presented in a variety of ways. All children use technical vocabulary accurately and pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified. Children improve their enquiry skills and inquisitiveness about the world around them, and their impact through art and design on the world. Children will become more confident in analyzing their work and giving their opinion on their own and other works of art. Children show competences in improving their resilience and perseverance by continually evaluating and improving their work. All children in school can speak confidently about their art and design work and their skills.

Early Years Gallery

Key Stage 1 Gallery

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