Art and Design
The aim of teaching Art and Design at Janet Duke Primary School is to develop children’s motor skills, language skills, decision-making, risk-taking and inventiveness. We also use Art and Design to inspire children to connect with their own culture and those of the wider world.
In our school, children are taught about a variety of famous Artists and learn to be Artists, themselves. Children are encouraged to make Artistic choices from the Early Years Foundation Stage all the way through to Year 6, and we teach them a variety of techniques and processes to inspire, challenge and support them.
Foundation Stage children learn and develop towards the Early Learning Goal in Expressive Arts and Design, which covers their progress in ‘exploring and using media and materials’ and ‘being imaginative’. Children have access to a wide range of materials, techniques and processes every day and are encouraged to use this imaginatively.
Year 1 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: Self-Portraits, Colour Chaos, Fireworks and Bonfires, North and South Pole, Landscapes and Cityscapes, Woodland Collages and Nature Sculptures.
Year 2 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: Famous People, China, The Arctic, Space and World War II.
Year 3 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: Volcanoes, Food and The Egyptians.
Year 4 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: Exploring Colour, Pop Art and Mosaics.
Year 5 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: Cityscapes and A Sense of Place.
Year 6 children are taught Art and Design under the following topics: The Battle of Britain, Windrush and The History of Medicine and The Vikings.
At the beginning of every topic, a unit plan is produced that details the objectives for each unit, practical work that will be completed, key vocabulary, models, diagrams and key questioning. These are working documents and are adapted as per the needs of the children. We feel that child led learning is extremely important and therefore try to follow the children’s direction wherever possible whilst still achieving our objectives. Teachers plan individual lessons using a range of different schemes of resources to ensure that lessons are as engaging and exciting as possible for our children.
Due to school closure in the national lockdown, we have moved to remote learning. The year groups who would have been doing Art in Design in Spring 1 have made changes to their unit plans to make sure that the children’s learning in this subject is appropriate for the home. Some year groups have chosen to adapt the topic or resources to suit what the children have access to, while others have chosen to swap to more appropriate plans from other terms. Below are some photos of the wonderful artwork the children have created at home.
Many Teachers choose to display the children’s Art work in their classrooms and we also have some displays in the communal corridors; one of which contains some of the works of Art that we are inspired by. We also encourage children take ownership of the way their Artwork is displayed through exhibits at the end of topics.
Below are some photos of the children’s Artwork and displays that have been created: