Art and Design at Broomhill
“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.” National Curriculum, 2014
At Broomhill First School, we believe that art, craft and design are an essential and integral part of our pupil’s education. It provides them with opportunities to develop a range of ways in which they can express their individual creativity in a visual or tactile form. It fires imagination, enabling pupils to respond to the world around them in a unique, individual way. Our aim is that pupils develop a natural sense of wonder and curiosity about the world and therefore this links strongly to the core values we promote, encourage and celebrate.
Art and Design is part of our Culture and Expression curriculum, which is designed to help our pupils answer the question: How do we express ourselves?
“Creativity is intelligence having fun.” Albert Einstein
Our art and design curriculum is designed to develop proficiency in drawing, painting, textiles, printmaking and 3D form/sculpture, with the overall aim of developing the ability to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art in all its forms. Through our curriculum design, we focus on the explicit teaching and modelling of core skills, recognising that these skills need constant reinforcement. By revisiting different mediums and techniques throughout their school life, our children will have the artistic skills and vocabulary to confidently express themselves, their thoughts and opinions, a valuable skill in life!
At Broomhill, children develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences. Understanding of the visual elements of art and design (line, tone, texture, colour, pattern, shape, 3D form) will be developed through an accessible and engaging curriculum which will enable pupils to reach their full potential, as well as cross curricular projects to foster particular strengths and interests. Whilst some art and design topics are linked to wider curriculum topics, teaching and learning in art sessions is always specifically focused on developing knowledge and skills linked to art and design.
Within teaching sessions, we aim to expose children to the very best examples of art, craft and design across the world, and throughout history, and we actively seek opportunities to celebrate and experiment with different art forms from different cultures.
The aims for Art and Design are to:
- provide an imaginative, innovative and co-ordinated art programme which will foster enthusiasm for art and design amongst all pupils
- teach pupils to express their own ideas, feelings, thoughts and experiences
- stimulate pupil’s creativity and imagination by providing visual, tactile and sensory experience
- help pupils explore the world at first hand, using all their senses and experimentation, and so gain knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live
- develop pupil’s understanding of colour, form, texture, pattern and their ability to use materials and processes to communicate ideas, feelings and meanings
- cultivate pupil’s aesthetic awareness and enable them to make informed judgements about art and become actively involved in shaping environments
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- enhance pupil’s ability to value the contribution made by artists, craft workers and designers and respond critically and imaginatively to ideas, images and objects
- to understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
EYFS Framework and National Curriculum Subject Content
All pupils in the EYFS are taught art as an integral part of the topic work covered during the academic year. All art objectives within the EYFS are underpinned by the following three prime areas outlined in the ‘Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage’:
- Communication and language
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotional development
The four specific areas through which the three prime areas are strengthened and applied:
- Understanding the world
- Expressive arts and design
The art curriculum in the EYFS focusses on the specific areas of understanding the world and expressive arts and design. In the EYFS, pupils are given the opportunity to explore texture, colour, shape, form and space to represent ideas or emotions. They develop their imagination and creativity and begin to investigate the qualities of materials and processes. The history of the visual arts is hinged on curiosity, and as such our youngest pupils are enabled and guided to explore basic skills in art and to nurture their own creativity and enthusiasm. The pupil’s learning includes art, music, dance, role-play and imaginative play.