The National Curriculum is designed to equip children with a variety of skills and experiences to allow them to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques. Prior knowledge is built upon from Nursery through to Year 2 by providing a stimulating environment with positive attitudes towards art, developing exploration, creativity and imagination as a form of communication and expression and developing skills such as observation, perception and manipulation of media, materials and tools. Opportunities are provided to develop the skills which enable children to evaluate their own work and those of other artists, including those from different times and cultures. The aim is to ensure children know about great artists, craft makers and designers and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Art and Design Curriculum Intent and End of year expectations
Here at Hall Green Infant we aim to equip our children with life-long learning skills through enjoyment and building confidence through knowledge and skills development. We teach Art and Design from Nursery through to Year 2. We are passionate about providing a stimulating environment with positive attitudes towards art, developing exploration, creativity and imagination as a form of communication and expression.
We are proud of our commitment to the Arts and invite local artists to come and work with the children during Arts Week and we seek out opportunities/projects in the wider community to take part in eg Wild in Art, Birmingham.
Our Art curriculum follows a skills progression scheme of work. It was developed from The Art and Design National Curriculum 2014, and driven by sound pedagogy and research by the subject leader, to support teachers in delivering a skills progression based approach. The topic based cross-curricular scheme has been designed with clear skills and knowledge progression with review and consolidation lessons to support long term recall of Art and Design knowledge, skills and techniques. This develops strong foundations so children are ready for their next stage of learning. The guidance provided in the scheme supports our practitioners to teach a step by step practical approach and understand the resource implications for each block.
We aim is to equip children with a variety of skills and experiences to allow children to become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques such as using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.
Each block develops skills such as observation, perception and manipulation of media, materials and tools.
At the end of each block we enable children to evaluate their own work and that of the focused artists. Each block focuses on an artist/craft maker from a different time and culture to ensure children know about the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
We teach subject-specific vocabulary that supports all pupils including our EAL and SEND learners.
Our Art and Design curriculum gives all children opportunities to express their opinions about different genres of Art and allows those who have a specific talent in Art and Design to showcase their creative ability.
It encourages children to undertake their own enquiry based learning about artists from around the world. The Art and Design curriculum gives the children opportunities to ask questions, make choices and think critically to allow them to participate effectively and reflect on their own learning journey.
Here, at Hall Green Infant and Nursery School, every year we hold an Arts Week for all children to take part in. Each year a theme is chosen and year groups each plan an action packed week of art activities/tasks. Throughout the week, children are encouraged to explore different art skills and techniques. The children work as individuals/in pairs or groups and on different scales. The week builds on refining skills and leads up to producing a final piece of art. During the week the children have many opportunities to investigate and explore and have lots of fun whilst doing so! It's a fantastic way to raise the profile of the subject of art and spot the many talented artists we have in school!
We have had artists come to visit to work with the children on different projects. The photos below show the children working with an artist to make papier mache dinosaurs which promote our school 'Learning Behaviours'. The dinosaurs are displayed in school and are reflected upon during lesson times.
Suggested Places of Interest to Visit
Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery - www.birminghammuseums.org.uk
Birmingham Icon Gallery - www.ikon-gallery.org
Birmingham MAC - www.macbirmingham.co.uk
Wolverhampton Art Gallery - www.wolverhamptonart.org.uk
Forest of Dean Sculpture Park - https://www.forestofdean-sculpture.org.uk
Yorkshire Sculpture Park - https://ysp.org.uk
London Tate Britain - https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain
National Portrait Gallery - https://www.npg.org.uk
Why not show off your child's artistic talents by applying for an online competition!
Below are some links to websites:-
Arts Week 6th - 9th November 2018
This year the theme of Arts week is ‘Colour, Light and Pattern’. The influences from Bonfire/firework night and Diwali will be the focus for the week and by the end of the week each year group will have produced a quality piece of art. To run alongside the main focused task will be planned activities which are skills led which will contribute to the production of the final piece.
Arts Week 2017
Arts week takes place during 3rd April to 7th April 2017. Our theme for the week is 'Bears' to tie in with the launch of Birmingham's 'Big Sleuth' project. Our theme for the bear sculpture is based upon the sun. Also known as the 'Sun' bear our inspiration has been taken from artwork based around images of the sun. Many artists have produced colourful and striking images with which our children will become familiar with during Arts Week. During Arts week each class will take inspiration from an artist and every child in school will use the artist's style and medium to create a bold 'sunshine' design of their own. These designs will be used to decorate the 'bear' Sculpture.
Arts Week is not just about creative work but the performing arts such as drama and music which play an important role throughout this week also. It's hopeful our 'Bear' themed Arts Week will get the juices flowing and release the creativity inside every one of us!
The Big Sleuth Bear sculpture is revealed!
After many weeks of hard work, our bear 'Ray' has been completed and revealed to the whole school during assembly time. We think he looks amazing and we hope you will do too!
DATE SET FOR THE BIG SLEUTH 2017
After months of hi-bear-nation, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity and Wild in Art are pleased to announce Birmingham’s The Big Sleuth will launch on Monday 10 July.
The highly anticipated free, 10-week public art trail, named because ‘sleuth’ is a group of bears, will see Bear-mingham engulfed in colour with up to 100, 165cm tall sculptures taking to the region’s streets, parks and open spaces.
Showcasing the artistic and cultural diversity the city has to offer, the family-friendly trail is intended to inspire residents and tourists alike to get active by walking, jogging, running or cycling The Big Sleuth Trail.
Located across the city, with satellite trails in Solihull, Sutton Coldfield, Sandwell and at Resorts World, the fantastic spectacle will culminate on Sunday 17 September.
We now know where 'Ray' is going to be displayed as part of The Big Sleuth Trail around Birmingham. You will be able to see him positioned in The Custard Factory. Please have a family day out and enjoy the colourful experience.
The Big Sleuth Launch - 28th June 2017
Arts week 2015