Art and Design
At Homer First School and Nursery, Art and Design is taught progressively with much emphasis on creativity, experimentation and exploration. Giving pupils the opportunity to explore a range of media and materials and use their imaginations to invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
They are equipped with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create and as they progress should be able to think critically and know how art and design has shaped our history and culture.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art is taught in blocks across a 2-year rolling cycle due to our mixed age classes and it is closely linked with other areas of the curriculum such as Geography, History and Science. For example, when Year 1 & 2 study The Great Fire of London in History they design and make Tudor Houses from clay and other materials. When Years 3 & 4 look at rocks and natural features in Science and Geography they paint their own water colour landscapes experimenting with paint and colour mixing.
The Art programme of work is closely linked with our Design & Technology programme and where there are gaps on the long-term overview it is because Design & Technology is happening instead.