Art and Design

 "Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity." (The National Curriculum 2014)
 
Children have an early and natural urge to draw and create. At St Chad's, we believe that art plays an integral part in children's physical, cultural, social and aesthetic development. Art has very strong cross-curricular links with the rest of our curriculum and provides an excellent showcase for the fantastic work our children produce.
 
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (Nursery/Reception) and the Key Stage 1 National Curriculum (Year 1/Year 2) provides us with a basis of the skills and techniques that our children will learn throughout their time at St Chad's.
 
Expressive arts and design is one of the seven areas of the early years foundation stage and is used to develop a child's imagination, creativity and their ability to use media and materials. Children do this in range of ways including singing songs and making music, dancing, playing with colours, textures and design. All these approaches to expressive arts  help children to represent and understand their own feelings and ideas.
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world.
 
In the early years, children are introduced to a range of art materials and tools, such as a range of paints, dough, chalks, pastels, sponges, rollers and cutting tools. They are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using their own experiences and ideas. This continues and is developed throughout their time at St Chad's.
 
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all children:
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makes and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms
Across Key Stage 1, children are taught to:
  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work