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.
At Horndale Infant and Nursery School our art and design curriculum 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.
Art in the Early Years
Early Learning Goal 16 – Exploring and using media and materials.
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.
Early Learning Goal 17 – Being imaginative
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.
Characteristics of Effective Learning
In the EYFS children use a range of ‘Characteristics of Effective Learning’ in their independent learning. Here is how art activities in the early years help to promote the COEL.
- Playing and exploring – continuous provision of art resources. Finding out and exploring; playing with what they know; being willing to ‘have a go’
- Active learning – Planned and structures art activities. Being involved and concentrating; keeping trying; enjoying achieving what they set out to do
- Creating and thinking critically – Unstructured play with art materials. Having their own ideas; making links; choosing ways to do things
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught:
- to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
- to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key Stage 1 Long Term Plan – Art Long Term Plan Overview
Further support and useful web links
An overview of the Art and design Curriculum https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/school-year/subject-guides/science-at-primary-school/
The Little artists http://www.littleartist.co.uk/
Tate Kids https://www.tate.org.uk/kids
Books for budding artists https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/christmas/childrens-books-for-artists-and-writers/
Colouring in pages for artistic inspiration https://home.oxfordowl.co.uk/?s=colouring&posttype_search=post%2Cpage%2Cproject%2Cfind_a_book%2Cebooks%2Cactivities%2Cjargon_buster%2Cvideos&fwp_post_types=activities