At Bishop Monkton Primary School we believe art makes a unique contribution to the development of a child and that all children should be encouraged to enjoy and appreciate art. Children’s understanding of the arts is, and should be, a source of inspiration, enjoyment and fulfilment. It also enhances their personal, social and emotional development. It enables them to participate in and respond to the creative and cultural life of their communities as well as different cultures and traditions.
We want our Art & Design curriculum 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. We want our children to know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to culture and creativity.
The national curriculum for Art & 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
The Art & Design curriculum at Bishop Monkton covers a range of artists, styles, and genres. We design lessons that build on prior learning, can be connected to a wider context, and provide opportunities to further develop skills and knowledge. We encourage our children to think critically about images by asking questions and encouraging them to talk about art and design. We want our children to learn about and celebrate local artists. Most importantly, we make sure the subject matter is broad and includes diverse artists. Our children understand that art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways, including digitally.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, children will focus and build upon their prior skills and learning through the following aspects of art and design:
Taking inspirations from great artists and designers
Art & Design teaching in the Foundation Stage is based on the early learning goals set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework (EYFS). There are two key elements to this curriculum area; ‘exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘being imaginative’. Children represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through art and design.
By the end of their time with us, we want pupils to have learned, improved and embedded a range of artistic skills. They should have an awareness of a broad range of artists and craftspeople, and be able to consider and discuss the artworks they come across. We want our pupils to be confident to explore, experiment and take risks, placing value on the process and journey that they take, not just on the finished product. Most importantly, we want children to have found and enjoyed a creative outlet – a means of self-expression and enjoyment.