Art & Design
At The Upper Wharfedale Primary Federation, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Art and Design provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills and an opportunity to express their individual interests, thought and ideas.
“Creativity is as important now in education as literacy and we should treat it with the same status.”
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 aims of teaching art and design in our schools are:
- To 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 through school, they should begin 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
- To produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- To become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- To produce a product in response to a design brief
- To evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- To know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement a curriculum that is progressive. Art and design is taught through our half-termly or termly topic, focusing on knowledge and skills stated in the National Curriculum. Within our schools, we value art and design and ensure it is given the same importance as the core subjects, as we feel this is important in enabling all children to gain ‘real-life’ experiences.
The art and design curriculum is based upon the 2014 Primary National Curriculum, which provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills and taught in each Key Stage. Teachers use the long term plans to ensure that a range of art and design opportunities are provided over the year. This includes:
Within our schools we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside the classroom. Every year we have a spotlight week – ‘BIG Arts’ in which artists are invited in to work alongside the children. We create huge models for the annual Grassington Festival parade, working alongside members of the community. We have exhibitions to showcase our work to our family and friends, including people in the community.
Educational visits are another opportunity for the teachers to plan for additional art learning outside the classroom. The children have had many opportunities to experience art and design on educational visits. The children have explored local museums/art galleries and had visitors into school to share art and design learning and have hands on experiences.