Art at The Downs Primary school aims to provide a progressive high-quality curriculum, which develops creativity, sets challenges, engages and inspires children and equips them with the knowledge and skills to experiment invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression.
Our curriculum provides children with an opportunity to experience all art forms: drawing, painting, 3D designs and print making. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability. Children are given the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals.
We want our children to know how Art & Design has contributed to our culture and understanding of our history and the world. Our children will explore a variety of artists and designers and begin to understand the development of their particular art forms. The children will have opportunities to take inspiration from key artists and create their own artworks in their particular styles.
Children and families are made aware of key vocabulary that will support their understanding and help them to retrieve information from their long term memory. Our Art lead has developed a curriculum that supports the progression of children’s learning in Art by outlining the skills and knowledge that will be taught. This ensures that teachers have a sound understanding of where the children are coming from and where they are heading.