Art & Design is a taught subject and our curriculum encompasses the new National Curriculum as detailed below. See the sidebar for schemes of work for each year group. We are lucky to have some very talented and artistic members of staff and we all take a pride in displays and the general appearance of the school. Pupils art work is done to very high standards, as can be seen from the photographs above.
Art is taught in blocks of 6 or 12 weeks and is alternated with Design & Technology over the academic year. Pupils have the chance to experience and explore many forms of artistic expression, from watercolour to clay to papier mache. Each classroom has its own art resources and teachers also look to integrate opportunities for artwork into other subjects.
Art & Design in the National Curriculum
During Key Stage 2 pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities and they are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. By integrating our art 7 design curriculum with other areas, such as topic work or science, we increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures. Pupils become more confident in using visual and tactile elements and materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think.
At Courthouse, we aim to develop pupils' understanding of art & design and appreciate the role it plays in our enjoyment and understanding of the matural world as well as expressing abstract feelings and ideas.
Pupils will be taught to:
a. record from experience and imagination, to select and record from first-hand observation and to explore ideas for different purposes
b. question and make thoughtful observations about starting points and select ideas to use in their work
c. collect visual and other information [for example, images, materials] to help them develop their ideas, including using a sketchbook.
d. appreciate the work of the greatest artists, architects and designers in history