The Arts

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At Hornbill School we celebrate a tradition for richness, quality and cultural diversity in the arts, which can be evidenced in the exhibitions of children’s art around school. Arts is taught in all year groups. Teachers make sure that all children at Hornbill access the art curriculum at their own level.

We want Art and Design to:

  • Stimulate creativity and imagination;
  • Provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences and encourage unusual ways of understanding and responding to the world;
  • Enable children to communicate what they think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern and using different materials and processes;
  • Become involved in shaping the children’s environment through art and design activities;
  • Learn to make informed judgements through aesthetic and practical decisions;
  • Explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers;
  • Learn about the roles and functions of art and to express the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures;
  • Appreciate and enjoy the visual arts which enrich all our lives. 

Art within the Foundation Stage falls within the Expressive Arts Development area of learning and Early Learning Goals. Young children need to have time to explore and experiment with ideas, materials and activities. In Key Stage One, the art curriculum  is about developing children’s creativity and imagination through providing art, craft and design activities that relate to children’s own experiences, natural and man-made objects, as well as materials with which they are familiar from the locality in which they live. 

Art within Key Stage Two is about developing children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills and understanding of materials and processes, through providing more complex activities. Children’s experiences help them to develop their understanding of the diverse roles and functions of art and design in the locality, within cultures and in the wider world.

Children need opportunities to improve their control of materials, tools and techniques to become more confident in using visual and tactile elements, materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They need opportunities to increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art in different times and cultures, by commenting on works and asking questions.

In the Hornbill School Scheme of Work for Art in Years 5 and 6, the units have been extended to develop and extend children’s ideas, as well as developing their skills in sustaining and developing projects.

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