Art and Design
At Abbotswood, we believe it is important that the children are exposed to the opportunity to explore their creative side! All year groups throughout the school ensure that we teach Art and Design across the terms. It is our responsibility as teachers to encourage the children to use their senses and discover the unique, fun and therapeutic process that results from Art and Design. Ultimately, we will stress the importance of connecting the different types of artists, craftspeople and designers whilst understanding the different times and cultures.
We value the use of separate sketchbooks for the children to produce their ideas and maintain, and protect their designs. By providing the children with their own book reinforces the significance of the children experimenting, exploring and discovering their imaginative side. By using Art and Design as a cross curricular topic, we have resulted with beautiful outcomes such as clay poppies associated with the World War, paintings of sea creatures linked with a geography topic and even shields from the Romans!
How do we assess?
Within our school, we assess Art and Design by ensuring that it is being covered within their yearly overviews. It is also encouraged for our termly newsletters to recognise what our classes will be exploring differently each term. Additionally, each year group has their own specific skills ladders that can be used to assess the progress of their class.
(These can be found below)
Fortunately, we also have the opportunity to display and celebrate the progress and imagination of our pupils by presenting our creations across all of our displays. Regularly, parents are invited to the school to observe our creative outcomes that have been a work of progress through the weeks. As a result, this is a brilliant opportunity to develop the confidence and pride our children. This enables them to present their makings to all visitors proudly in an almost ‘exhibit’ style.
What is Arts Week?
One of the most significant events that occur within the subject of Art and Design is the fun-filled, inspiring dedication to ‘Arts week’ in the school. This is a whole school-led event and is exhilarating for both pupils and teachers! Our most recent ‘Arts week’ had circulated within the time of Remembrance. As a response, our children had produced masses of beautiful creations that allowed them to develop a variety of artistic skills. The children became excited that art was more under a spotlight than usual. Ultimately, this allowed them to try and test out their understanding of the different types of colour, shape, texture and techniques.
What does the National Curriculum say?
Through the National Curriculum Art it is planned children will:
• become familiar with the properties of objects, materials, sites and scenes in and around the school and village,
• become skilled in exploring and creating through manipulation of varied materials,
• be able to use various skills and techniques, and gain in perception, imagination, awareness and sensitivity,
• be able to use their visual skills to communicate with others.
This subject enables pupils to use their knowledge and skills of other subjects, especially Mathematics, Science and Art, to:
• identify needs and generate ideas
• explore possible solutions by designing
• plan and make
• evaluate what they have made
• communicate their results to others
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary”
Where can I find out more?
Looking back at the pictures from our art exhibition across the year groups, Abbotswood really outdid themselves with British and Art science week 2020! A massive thank you to all of the teachers who dedicated their creative energy this week into helping the children produce beautiful and mind blowing pieces regarding ‘Our Diverse Planet.’ Thank you to the members of staff who ensured that we had enough interesting resources to experiment with. Thank you to the massive interest of the parents who came in to support their children’s learning – We hope you loved looking around as much as we enjoyed making it! Finally, thank you to the children for working their socks off this week. We couldn’t be more proud of what we have achieved. Please revisit our lovely learning through the following pictures: