We believe that Art is a wonderful way of encouraging risk taking and perseverance which are important life skills. Our children are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate a range of creative ideas through drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, 3D work and digital art. Children are introduced to a range of works and develop their knowledge of the styles and vocabulary used by artists. The skills the children acquire are applied to their cross curricular topics, allowing children to use their art skills and explore topics in other subjects at greater depth. For example, using art as a medium to focus on our drawing skills whilst drawing and labelling parts of our bodies as scientists. In Art, children are expected to be reflective and evaluate their work, thinking about how they can make changes and keep improving. Children are encouraged to take risks, experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.
The Art curriculum at Woodfield has been planned to ensure that all children are given the opportunity to look and have access to contemporary (20th and 21st century) artists as well as more traditional ones, that are perhaps more relevant to children today.
Art is encompassed and taught under the banner of ‘Expressive Art and Design’ within the EYFS Profile. Children are taught art appreciation through a topic-based curriculum and have the opportunity to experience a wide range of materials, tools and techniques to begin to develop their skills in this area.
“Children sing songs, make music and dance, and experiment with ways of changing them. They safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.” EAD ELG
“Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, dance, role play and stories.” EAD ELG
During Key Stage One a high-quality art and design education will 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.
Throughout all of the art curriculum, children are expected to use the 7Rs of learning. For example, they need to be reflective learners to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.