At Newton Farm, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum that is progressive and builds on previous learning. Our aim is to promote a love of art and appreciation of a range of styles and artists, allowing children to experiment with artistic techniques and materials. We have a specialist Art and Design teacher who offers lessons to children from Year 1 through to Year 6.
Our clear and carefully designed comprehensive scheme of work, is in line with the National Curriculum. It focuses on progressive skills and knowledge in creating, understanding and appreciating art.
Key Stage Breakdown
At EYFS, children explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn about the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials. They explore colour and develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately.
In Key Stage 1, children work in their sketchbooks using drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children start to study the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers like Picasso and Kandinsky. They describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines and making links to their own work. They also learn about the styles of art called Pointillism and Abstract Expressionism.
In Key Stage 2, children 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. They use
sketch books to record their observations and improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]. Children explore great artists, architects and designers in history such as Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe and Henri Rousseau. They study the art styles called Impressionism, Surrealism and Pop Art.