Art and Design
Intent and Overview
At Stanford Primary School, we value Art and Design as an important part of the children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Before the children leave Stanford, they will have developed a sense of creativity, self-expression and high attainment. Art and Design at Stanford provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend skills, with many different outlets to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas.
The teaching and implementation of the Art and Design Curriculum at Stanford is based on the National Curriculum and PACE’s Art medium term plans, which help to develop a well-structured and diverse approach to this creative subject. We ensure that children are equipped with the skills to use different tools and mediums with confidence. Art skills are embedded across the curriculum to allow The National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences.
- Become confident in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
The children are taught how to use colour, line and tone, texture, pattern and form as part of their termly theme. The work of famous national and international artists such as Bansky, David Hockney, Andy Goldsworthy, Frida Kahlo and Picasso are explored to enhance the children's learning. Areas covered include Inuit sculpture, clay Roman lamps, Pop art digital manipulation, embroidery (such as used on Tudor clothes), art in nature, Mexican art, painting, graffiti and portraits.
Throughout the school, art lessons aim to ensure that children are able to develop key skills and techniques using specific media or an aspect of Art. Our aim is to ensure that children are confident in approaching artwork, feel a strong sense of achievement, value the impact of art within our own lives and are able to reach their full potential. Stanford regularly involves all the pupils in cluster, local and national competitions, for example: designing the ‘Fourth Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square; entries to hang in the National Portrait Gallery; calendars for Walk on Wednesday; and creating an environmental logo for the recent project with Nepal, United Against Waste.