At Alexander Hosea we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities through our creative curriculum to engage in Art and Design.
The main aim of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts, knowledge and understanding necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences. This is delivered in a visual or tactile form through termly projects, which incorporate and develop children’s knowledge of local, national, cultural and international artists, who use a range of media and styles. We aim to ignite their imagination and encourage art as a means of personal expression, through the important use of sketchbooks to display the children’s personal art journey.
While it is essentially a practical subject, art should provide opportunities for reflection and pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of their peers, through valuable peer critique and personal reflection. Through Art and Design, the children learn a range of skills, concepts, attitudes, techniques and methods of learning.
At Alexander Hosea the teaching and implementation of the art and design curriculum is based on the National curriculum. The skills and knowledge statements are included in our detailed curriculum maps, which have been mapped out to plan and teach our children the techniques of drawing, printing, painting, collage and 3D art. The curriculum maps show clear progression in skills, knowledge and techniques in each of the five areas along with high quality vocabulary and subject knowledge support and ideas. The children have the opportunities to study the work of well-known artists, craft makers and designers linked to their Year group projects. The progression of knowledge ensures that children understand the context of the artwork, as well as the artists that they are learning about and being inspired by. The progression in skills means that children are given opportunities to practise and develop mastery in the five key forms of art.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Our reception class follow the EYFS statutory framework, which sets out the seven areas of learning including Expressive Arts and Design.
Key Stage One and Two: In Key Stage One (Years 1 & 2) and Key Stage Two (Years 3-6), we follow the National Curriculum.
In Key Stage One, the children learn:
- to experiment with drawing, printing, painting, collage and 3D to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
- to develop a wide range of art and design techniques through the use of colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
- learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers.
In Key Stage Two, the children learn:
- to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design
- to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
- to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
- about great artists, architects and designers in history.
As a school we plan wider art and design experiences, these include
- Art workshops from artist, designers and sculptures that visit our school.
- Arts week where we hold an art exhibition for parents and the community, where the children are able to showcase their artwork. (usually in the Summer term)
- Art competitions for the local community (Wickwar Environmental Action Group (WEAG)
- Opportunities through mini outcomes or end of projects outcomes to share learning with parents.
- Artwork sold at the Christmas fair.
- Artsmark Silver award 2020