Art is a foundation subject and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and to work both individually and collaboratively with others.
At Cherrywood Primary School, we value Art as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. We plan the activities in Art so that they build upon the prior learning of the children. While we give children of all abilities opportunity to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding, we also build planned progression into the scheme of work, so that there is an increasing challenge for the children as they move up through the school.
Each year group plans art lessons, which aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills using specific media. The children are taught Art as part of their termly topic work where they will embed a learning journey of exploring, developing ideas, technical skills, creating and evaluating. Areas covered include Greek sculptures, Origami stars batique linked to Kladinsky, printing based on topic work, such as the Roman Tunics, nature, painting, paper mache and the works of the Impressionist artists.
Early Foundation Year Stage
We particularly encourage creative work in the reception class, as this is a central element of the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum. We relate the creative development of the children to the objectives set out in the Early Learning Goals, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged three to five. The children’s learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play. The range of experience encourages children to make connections between one area of learning and another and so extends their understanding.
We provide a rich environment in which we encourage and value creativity. Children experience a wide range of activities that they respond to, using the various senses. We give them the opportunity to work alongside artists and other adults. The activities that they take part in are imaginative and enjoyable.