Our intent at Christ Church Infant School and Nursery is to ensure that the children are taught the subject of Art as specified in the National Curriculum.
Art is a vital part of the Primary curriculum as it provides a means of expression for all children. It allows each individual to practically use their imagination to inspire their creativity, take risks and extend their cultural understanding. This will promote enjoyable, memorable learning experiences and develop an individual’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of the world in which they live.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Our Art curriculum is implemented by teaching art regularly. The children will cover an art topic once every term and will also have additional opportunities to engage with art activities throughout the school year. Art is linked as closely as possible to the topic for the term, to ensure relevance and context. A skills-based curriculum is taught, which covers drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles and printing. Skills are revisited and honed in a spiral curriculum, which progresses in terms of depth and challenge, to build on the children’s previous learning. We ensure that each child develops their skills and techniques in a way appropriate to them, through clear differentiation and support, active and purposeful experiences, and using a variety of art materials and teaching strategies. We foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers. Introducing children to artists and art movements directly linked to the skills or topics they are covering. We have a sketchbook approach, so that children feel safe to experiment and take risks, without the fear of doing something wrong. We encourage each child to evaluate their art work and that of others, both with peers and adults.
Children will have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our children to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.