We understand and are committed to the development of the whole child, (spiritually, academically and physically) and believe the Arts play a vital role in underpinning a well-rounded education. Throughout each child’s school life, they are given opportunities to access a broad range of high-quality experiences in all Arts subjects on a regular basis (including Art, Music, Dance, Drama, Creative Writing, D&T). There are also regular opportunities for all children to perform or demonstrate their skills in a range of media.
In addition to regular Art lessons, the whole school also has a yearly Curriculum Week. This is an off-curriculum week in which the children are fully immersed in the Arts to explore the chosen topic for that year. Previous topics have included ‘Book Week’, ‘Britain through the Ages’ and ‘In and Around the Water’. This week is part facilitated by generous donations from the school parent body, highlighting the degree of importance they also give to the Arts.
Being a C. of E. school, religion plays a significant role in the daily life of the school. Looking forward, we aim to further develop the cross-curricular links between the Arts and RE because we believe they complement and enhance one another. One way in which we aim to do this is by building in ‘Pause Days’ throughout the year. Teachers will explore this with the children through different Arts activities (eg. Music, Dance, Drama and Art).
Throughout their school life, the children have experiences using a wide range of different media. Below is a list of the topics covered in each year group for both Art and D&T. During D&T projects, children develop their understanding of the purpose of a product and will discuss the importance of each aspect of the design. The process usually involves testing and evaluating current designs, planning their own, making the product while considering the health and safety elements which are needed for this process and then evaluating the finished product.
In addition to these topics, the children also have a sketch book which follows them through school. They complete three pieces of work in this a year, which is used to highlight the progress they make as they move up through the school. In the Autumn term they all complete a sketch of a leaf, Spring term they complete a topic-based drawing or sketch and in the final Summer term they will all complete a self-portrait. This has proved successful in showing the children’s development, but has also helped the children to become more self-aware and able to reflect and respond to their own work.
In Reception, children are given continuous access to media which they choose to use as they wish in their learning. For example, they have a modelling area, painting area, drawing, instruments, videos, cameras and chalk as well as a supply of natural products such as pine cones, shells, stones and leaves! These can be used indoors and out, depending upon the purpose and needs of the children. To define their arts work to any greater level would be to limit their ideas and at this stage in their education, creativity is key.
Autumn 1: Art-Self-portraits – Use of various media; clay, collage.
Autumn 2: DT – Night & Day mobiles
Spring 1: Art – Investigating materials
Spring 2: DT – Puppets
Summer 1: Art – What is sculpture?
Autumn 1: Art – Mother nature designer.
Autumn 2: DT – Eat more fruit and vegetables
Spring 1: Art – Can buildings speak?
Spring 2: DT – Winding up vehicles
Summer 1: Art – Picture this.
Autumn 1: Art – Self-portraits, leaf drawing and Modroc Mummy (link with History)
Autumn 2: DT – Pneumatics – Moving Egyptian God
Spring 1: 4 Art – 4 quarters portrait developing skills using different art styles as inspiration
Spring 2: DT – Photo frames and Curriculum Week
Summer 1: Art – Investigating patterns – rainforest animals
Autumn 1: Art Dream Art, surrealists, Magritte (digital media) and Kandinsky
Autumn 2: DT Greek musical instruments and Christmas Pop up cards
Spring 1: Art Journeys – Aboriginal textiles.
Spring 2: DT Food from around the world (bread, pizza, chapattis)
Summer 1: DT Levers and mechanisms Pop-up book for younger children
Autumn 1: Art – Geometry and Art using Inkscape (linked to Computing)
Autumn 2: DT – Biscuits
Spring 1: Art – British Art
Spring 2: DT – Money containers
Summer 1: Art – Sketching and William Morris
Autumn 1: Art – Tudor portraits – cross curricular work with History
Autumn 2: DT – Boats
Spring 1: Art – A sense of perspective
Spring 2: DT – Exploring movement and Dance using clay
Summer 1: Art – Isle of Wight views
Summer 2: DT – Slippers