At West Hill Primary School we aim to deliver a high quality art education which will engage, inspire and challenge our pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As they progress, they will be encouraged to evaluate and analyse their own work, as well as the work of famous artists, to develop a greater understanding of art. We will also focus on the contribution that art has had to the history, culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
During Key Stage 1 pupils will develop their creativity and imagination by sharing ideas and drawing on experiences. They will explore a range of media, such as drawing, painting and sculpture. The children will begin to understand a range of art techniques including colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space; and use these to represent their ideas and feelings. A range of artists will be studied and the children will be encouraged to describe the similarities between different techniques and artists, making links to their own work.
During Key Stage 2 pupils will continue to develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities and using a wider range of materials such as pencil, charcoal, paint and clay. These will help to build on the skills learnt in Key Stage 1 and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. Children will be taught to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. They will increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, such as artists, architects and designers, during different periods of history and from different cultures.
At West Hill Primary School we believe it is important to be creative and cross curricular so that children develop their knowledge, skills and understanding and the ability to transfer and apply these in all areas of life.
As many of the art topics as possible are linked with other areas of the curriculum. This could be looking at a famous artist linked to the history topic being studied or considering the art specifically associated with a geographical area. In art the spoken word is vital when evaluating their own and others’ work which can also lead to a written evaluation of their finished piece. DT and art are also closely linked and indeed may overlap. In allowing children to express ideas in different forms they feel a sense of achievement and pride when their work is displayed around the school linking with PSHE and SMSC.