Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education at Wolsingham Primary will 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 will be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They will also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
At Wolsingham Primary our Art and Design curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- instil a knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
- become proficient in their drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design skills
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
Art and Design in the Early Years
An artist in the early years will develop an understanding of colours and how colours can be mixed to create a new colour. They will learn lots of new techniques such as how to hold a paintbrush, and paint effectively, leading to drawing representations of people and events, giving meaning to the early marks that they make. They will explore and be exposed to a variety of different techniques for example, stamping, painting, sponging, chalks, charcoal and many other media to represent their artistic thoughts and ideas. All learning will include children learning how to use tools and techniques safely, competently and appropriately, considering and managing some risks. Children will enjoy role-play, taking on different roles, dressing up and using language that they have seen through experiences at home and school. Children will develop a preference for forms of expression, including art, music, dance, role-play and stories, using what they have learnt in original ways. They will play alongside other children, developing and acting out a narrative. A lot of learning in the early years takes place through purposeful play, both indoors and outdoors. Towards the end of Reception, children will be learning skills to equip them for their future learning and later success in Year 1.