But, Lord, you are our father. We are like clay, and you are the potter. Your hands made us all. (Isaiah 64:8)
At Whitegate CE Primary School, a visual, tactile and creative approach to learning is central to our philosophy of nurturing the children’s restless curiosity in the world, to prepare them for ‘life in all its fullness’. Through a growing awareness of a wide variety of forms of expression, children are encourage to develop the resilience to explore exciting challenges in creative and imaginative ways. It is our belief that young children explore the world as a visual, tactile and sensory experience; through developing their understanding, and restless curiosity about the world in which they live, they are increasingly able to communicate what they see, feel and think.
During their time at Whitegate, children will have the opportunity to work both independently and cooperatively in a range of media, at different scale, and in both 2d and 3d forms.
Through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes, children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions, exploring ideas and meanings through observing and engaging with the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives and supports children in developing an appreciation of some of the highest forms of human creativity in order to prepare them ‘for life in all its fullness’.
Our programme of study across KS1 and KS2 will enable children to:
- record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
- develop creativity and imagination through a range of complex activities;
- improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
- increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
- develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
- foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers;
- enable children to enjoy works of art from first and second hand resources.
If you have any questions about our art curriculum, please contact Mrs Savage (subject lead) on firstname.lastname@example.org