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. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
At Farnborough we want Art and Design to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, so our Art curriculum equips children with the knowledge and skills needed to experiment and be creative. We want children to learn from the process of working creatively and become more confident in creating their own works. Our Art curriculum seeks to give pupils an understanding of how art impacts and enhances our world and so the work of artists and designers is an integral part of the curriculum. At Farnborough, children learn how being creative is part of being human. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more informed understanding of art and design.
In EYFS, Art is not taught as a specific subject but is a key part of the Expressive Arts and Design area of the curriculum. Children are provided with hands on opportunities to work purposefully, responding to colours, shapes and materials, enjoying the act of making and creating regularly. As they progress, they become more able to sustain concentration and control when experimenting with tools and materials and explain what they are doing. All of these skills help to prepare them for Art in KS1.
Key Stage 1 and 2
At Farnborough, our Art curriculum is based on the National Curriculum and this is delivered and progression ensured by following the Farnborough Art Curriculum skills map for each year group. (See links to download) All year groups work with a variety of materials over the course of the year.
Creative lesson opportunities are drawn from a wide range sources, including from major museum websites, art bloggers, https://www.accessart.org.uk/ in addition to tried and tested successful lessons from the Farnborough archives. In delivering the Art curriculum, we want children to know about the great artists, architects and designers in history and so looking at artwork is an integral part of the learning. Where possible we try to use art that is currently on show in galleries in London so that the children can go and see the original work.
Additionally, Art is integrated into other subject areas to encourage cross-curricular collaboration and enrich the curriculum.
The measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age related knowledge and skills linked to the Art curriculum, but also have experienced and enjoyed an arts-rich primary education to foster creativity and a continued interest in the arts as they move to Key Stage 3.
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