At Riverside we believe that Art and Design is for everyone.
Self-portrait, Nursery Self-portrait in the style of Portrait of a WWII soldier,
Picasso,Year 1 Year 6
As Art and Design draws upon sensory experiences, it is crucial to the children’s educational development. The provision of art is designed to challenge abilities and aptitudes, and aims to motivate the children to express their own ideas through creativity. The broad Art curriculum has been carefully planned to compliment topics taught in other areas of the National Curriculum, as well as taking into account interests, skills and expertise of both pupils and staff.
Aims and Objectives
Riverside Primary fully supports the National Curriculum by providing opportunities for its pupils to:
Charcoal drawing of WWII Air Raid Shelter in
the style of Henry Moore, Year 6
Our school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons, with our principal aim being to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We ensure that children have the opportunity to investigate, explore and develop ideas as well as evaluate, revisit and improve their work.
Cross Curricular Links
Art and design contributes to the teaching of English in our school by encouraging children to ask questions about the starting points for their work. They have the opportunity to compare ideas, methods and approaches in their own work and that of other children, and to say what they think and feel about them.
Art and design contributes to children’s mathematical understanding by giving opportunities to develop the children’s understanding of shape and space through work in two and three dimensions.
Personal, social and health education (PSHE) and citizenship:
Art and design contributes to the teaching of some elements of personal, social and health education and citizenship. The children discuss how they feel about their own work, and the methods and approaches used by others. They have the opportunity to meet and talk with artists and other talented adults during their work.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development:
The teaching of art and design offers opportunities to support the social development of our children through the way we expect them to work with each other in lessons. Groupings allow children to work together, and give them the chance to discuss their ideas and feelings about their own work and the work of others. Their work in general helps them to develop a respect for the abilities of other children, and encourages them to collaborate and cooperate across a range of activities and experiences. The children learn to respect and work with each other and with adults, thus developing a better understanding of themselves. They also develop an understanding of different times and cultures, through their work on famous artists, designers and craftspeople.
Ancient Roman Temple, Year 4
Art and design and ICT:
ICT enhances our teaching of art and design, wherever appropriate, in all key stages. Children use software to explore shape, colour and pattern in their work. Older children collect visual information to help them develop their ideas by using digital cameras, scanners, and ipads. They record their observations, and they manipulate them through photo-editing or painting software. The children also use the internet, to find out more about the lives and works of famous artists and designers.
Ancient Greek Shield Design, Year 5
Art and Design forms part of the school’s curriculum policy that provides a broad and balanced education for all pupils, whatever their ability and individual need. Staff strive to meet the needs of all pupils with special educational needs, disabilities, special gifts and talents, and of those learning English as an additional language. The curriculum enables all pupils to have access to the full range of activities while studying Art and Design.
Health and Safety
At all times, children will be taught how to care for and handle equipment and media safely and with respect. When working with tools, equipment and materials, in practical and in different environments, including those that are unfamiliar, pupils will be taught:
Autumn Leaves, Nursery
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