Purpose of study
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.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught:
Key stage 2
Pupils should be 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 should be taught:
At Morland Primary School we believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. A quality art and design curriculum gives pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences… and fires their imagination!
“Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.” Quentin Blake.
Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is encouraged and children are taught how to be resilient to achieve their goals.
The natural environment is a great stimuli here at Morland Area primary School. The children are often taken outside to draw in the natural light, in the outdoor classroom and under the trees in our wonderful grounds. We use sketchbooks to record experience and imagination, to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their creativity. We encourage children to work on their own and collaboratively with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales. We give children the opportunities to visit museums and galleries, developing their skills of observation and evaluation. We also celebrate and recognise the work children bring into school from home.
At Morland Area Primary School we hold an annual Art Week. This is a week-long arts festival where the whole school comes off timetable and engages in wholly creative lessons that culminates in an exhibition and community event. Children get to explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers who we collaborate with for the Art Week and it really is an inspiring, creative and special week in our school calendar.