As a school we recognise the important role that Art has in inspiring children to become confident, creative and enquiring individuals. All children have access to Art, through ‘Expressive Arts’ in the Foundation Stage and the National Curriculum in Key Stage 1 and 2.
From years 1 to 6, year groups follow the Highfield School planning document that maps the children’s progression of skills throughout their primary school life. Skills may be taught through topic work or as separate blocks. This long term plan is often tailored to cross-curricular themes or the interests of the children. Throughout the school we often use children’s ideas as starting points for their creative learning. We believe this gives children purposeful learning opportunities to excite and engage. Children are given the opportunity to work in a variety of ways as and when appropriate, ie, as individuals, in groups or as a whole class. They also access a range of media and experiences. However, our commitment to Art goes beyond Art lessons.
We are currently working with artist Lorna Rose for two days a week. Lorna sets up engaging provocations and materials for children to respond to and explore. She particularly focuses on inspiring children’s independent learning in years 1 to 3. In addition to this, we hold an annual ‘Arts Fortnight’. During this time every pupil has the opportunity to work with a creative professional. We strive to provide an exciting and creative Art curriculum that promotes imaginative, creative and critical thinking and inspires children’s lifelong learning.