At Bracebridge Infant and Nursery School, it is our intent to build an Art and Design curriculum which develops learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge and skills. In the EYFS, it is a priority to continue to close the vocabulary gap by immersing pupils in tier 1, 2 and 3 language related to art, as well as giving them opportunities to explore a variety of mediums, materials and techniques.
In KS1, we continue to expose the pupils to vocabulary that allow them to talk ‘like an artist’ as well as learning new knowledge, skills and a wider range of techniques; so that pupils know more, remember more and can do more
Much of our art and design work is cross-curricular, linking to our topics. Pupils study the work of chosen artists, learning key facts about their life and the techniques that made them famous. The intent is to provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences in a special way, enhancing understanding and responding to the world in order to enable children of all abilities to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. It is our aim that all our children take pride in their creative work and see themselves as artists.
Our Art and Design curriculum is implemented through a skills based cross-curricular approach designed to engage and immerse our children within topics which they may ordinarily have limited experience of.
Pupils in EYFS have their art work recorded on tapestry. They are proud to take their creations home to share with their parents. Leaders know that Pupils have learnt new skills, know more and remember more, by talking to Pupils about their work and ensuring that they are immersed in, and use the vocabulary that has been taught. In KS1, children’s ideas, sketches, practise of skills and finished work (sometimes photographed) are recorded in their learning journey so that Pupils can look back on their work and see how it links to their topic. Pupils talk to leaders, with their books, so that they can explain the learning journey, and use the language of an artist as they talk. Pupils share their new knowledge and skills through authentic experiences, for example, art galleries, celebration assemblies, and displays of work within the school environment as well as in the local community, where possible.
By the end of the school year, pupils will achieve age-related expectations in art, retain knowledge about the focus artists studied, and will understand what it means to be an artist.