At Firs Farm, we believe that every child can be creative, imaginative and expressive through Art and Design. We understand the importance of how it allows children to make choices; learning how to make decisions when choosing colour, media and texture and take ownership of their work. Our pupils are provided with many opportunities to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and design techniques. Art in our school, becomes unique for every child as we engage, inspire and challenge all pupils to explore and reach their full potential. We show how proud we are of our pupils’ hard work by displaying it around the school in various ways. At Firs Farm, children are offered further opportunities to thrive and progress through attending after school enrichment activities as well as enter external competitions. We also have yearly art weeks or fortnights.
Art and Design is taught through the Early Years Foundation Stage (for Reception children) and the National Curriculum (2014) for Year 1 to 6 and are proud of our high quality teaching.
We believe creativity is fundamental to successful learning and give all children the best opportunity for effective creative development. We provide a stimulating environment to ensure our areas of learning include art, music, dance, role play and imaginative play.
Key stage 1
Our pupils are inspired to explore drawing, painting and sculpture. They are encouraged to develop their skills using a wide range of techniques including colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Key stage 2
Our pupils are taught to develop and experiment with a range of Art and Design Techniques which show clear progression from KS1.
They are provided with opportunities to develop personal control of their own materials and learn about good role models from history including artists, architects and designers. Children review and revisit particular techniques throughout the years including drawing, painting and sculpture through the use of various resources including pencil, charcoal, paint and clay.