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Art and Design

At Spring Bank Primary School, we value art and design as an important part of the children's entitlement to a broad a balanced curriculum. Our children will be taught art and design in a way that ensures progression of skills, following a sequence that builds on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of formal elements of art-line, tone, colour, texture, shape and pattern - in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use their art and design across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.

Art and design provides children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Children will become proficient in a variety of techniques including drawing, painting, sculpture as well as other selected craft skills e.g., collage, printing, weaving and patterns.

Art and design teaching at Spring Bank will instil an appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts. Art and design stimulates imagination and creativity; involving children in a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences which allows them to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern. Skills will be carefully developed to ensure these skills are built on each year, to allow children to progress successfully.

Art and design will be used as a way of allowing children to develop and promote:

  • Emotional expression to further enhance their personal, social and emotional development.
  • Careful observation and an appreciation of the world around us.
  • Exploration of the impact art has and continues to have on life and culture across the world.

Children’s interest and curiosity about art and design will be actively developed alongside their ability to question.

Children will be given:

  • Opportunities to demonstrate their skills in a variety of ways.
  • Opportunities to think more critically about their work.
  • Opportunities to evaluate and asses their own outcomes.

Children will be taught how art and design has been shaped by and reflects:

  • Global history.
  • Cultural diversity.

The curriculum will be enhanced by the addition of artists visiting school to work with children, as well as trips out to experience art and design first-hand in art galleries, museums and the sculpture park, so allowing children to understand the possibilities art offers them as a potential future career.

Please see the document below for the overview of learning.