What are the aims of teaching art and design?
The National Curriculum for England describes the purpose of art and design as thus:
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. 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 National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Art and design at Bramley St Peter’s
At Bramley St. Peter’s we want our art and design curriculum to nurture children’s creativity and a love of art. We want all pupils to discover new artistic skills and develop a respect for art work produced by others, including their peers and artists.
In our school we believe that every child is an artist! We strive to ensure that every child in our school has as many opportunities to enjoy art and develop a wide range of skills as possible. The three main areas we focus on here at Bramley St. Peter’s are drawing, painting and 3D form.
Reception children enjoy creative tasks daily within their curriculum whereas pupils in Year 1 to 6 experience a topic-based curriculum and art is linked to these class topics. This ensures they are introduced to art from a variety of cultures, a range of artists and skills can be explored in a variety of ways.
Our art curriculum is planned so that through their time at Bramley St. Peter’s children’s artistic skills are developed year on year alongside developing their knowledge of different techniques, medias and artists so they can make their own informed, creative choices when producing art work.
We ensure children have opportunities to share their achievements in art with others. Children’s art work is often displayed around the school and shared in celebration assemblies. At the end of every year, every pupil enters a whole school art competition to demonstrate some of the skills they have learnt. It is very fun!