At Dormers Wells Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop, extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas in creative and meaningful ways.
It supports them with their wellbeing and enables them to grow in confidence as individuals and appreciate their artwork. They have the opportunity to work collaboratively and respect creative expression.
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.
In EYFS pupils are given many opportunities to explore and use a variety of media and materials. They have opportunities to learn to explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials. They get the chance to explore colour and use for a particular purpose and develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
In KS1, Pupils are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products. They develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Pupils look at 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.
In KS2 Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials for example, pencil, charcoal, paint and clay. Pupils also learn about great artists, architects and designers in history. Pupils develop their understanding of the visual language of art with effective teaching and carefully thought out sequences of lessons and experiences.
Dormers Wells Primary School is a Right Respecting School we follow the UN Conventions Rights for children where we teach children about rights, through rights and for rights. We believe children who have understanding of their rights also understand how others and how they should be treated. Also, we aim to create a safe environment and atmosphere for our children. Rights Respecting gives children a voice to express themselves and challenge any injustices. They feel empowered to access information and make informed decisions about their learning, health and wellbeing. As a school, we want to equip our children to advocate for rights where they can promote equality, fairness and safety.
Article 29 – Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.
Article 31 – Every child has the right to relax, play and take part in a wide range of cultural activities.