Every human is an artist
Don Miguel Ruiz
At Christ Church Primary School, we value Art and Design as an integral and powerful part of our school curriculum. As a school, we believe that art helps to inspire creativity, ignite imagination and develop sensitivity. We also recognise the vital role it plays in helping to stimulate our children’s joy of learning as well as helping them to express their individual feelings and emotions and respond to the world around them.
As a school, we strive to deliver Art and Design through a rich and diverse range of experiences and opportunities in order to help our children become expressive, creative and inventive. Throughout their time at Christ Church, our children are encouraged to experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Furthermore, we seek to help our children make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, therefore, becoming actively involved in shaping their environments. We also recognise the importance of art and design in helping children to explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.
At Christ Church, Art and Design is taught both explicitly, through focused studies of artists and art techniques, as well as by being carefully laced throughout our project work, creating meaningful cross curricular links. We also have a specialist Art Room which allows children to fully immerse themselves in messy activities such as batik, printing, felt-making and pottery.
As a school family, we understand the power Art and Design has to enrich our personal and public lives. For this reason, we enhance our school work with visits to museums, art galleries and exhibitions. We also encourage the children to work collaboratively on art projects, which are shown proudly around our school. Indeed, as a school, we believe that every child should be given the opportunity to be an imaginative, creative and inspired artist.
Art & Design in the National Curriculum
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
Through having the experience of working with a variety of media, both 2D and 3D, we help our children to develop their creative and critical skills.
We aim to provide our children with a range of cultural experiences and opportunities including:
Our children work in a stimulating environment with vibrant, colourful displays in every classroom covering all aspects of the curriculum. There are also many pieces of framed children's art work in our school.