Art and Design

Art develops spiritual values and contributes a wider understanding to the experience of life, which helps to build a balanced personality."     
Bridget Riley, Painter

 Through our Art and Design curriculum at HCJS we will:

  • Promote the sheer enjoyment of art through encouraging pupils to observe, experience and create art in all its forms.

  • Develop pupils’ sensitivity towards art and design through regular focused teaching and we will provide a variety of opportunities for them to evaluate the art they have observed and created.

  • Encourage pupils to work hard and achieve the best that they can

We also aim to:

  •  Develop and extend pupils’ visual creativity, curiosity, enquiry and aesthetic sensitivity to the natural and man-made world.

  • Nurture exploration and recording of ideas and the production of creative work, from observation and imagination .

  • Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques; 

  • Develop proficiency in the use of a variety of materials, tools and techniques including:   concepts   -  colour, shape, texture, pattern, tone, line, form, perspective, process and media practical skills  -  cutting, shaping, forming, joining, using tools and processes safely, gathering resources, organising materials, manipulating media, clearing away

  • Encourage pupils to respond to and evaluate their own work and the work of others

  • Develop critical analysis by providing opportunities to discuss how ideas, feelings and meaning is conveyed in visual form.  Using language of art,craft and design.

  • Develop awareness of the work of artists, craft-workers and designers both contemporary and from different times in history and from different cultures through prints, posters, artefacts, photographs, computers and  bookss

  • Encourage participation in workshops through organisation of visits by/to local artists (and Y6 as part of KS 1 transition up.)

Curriculum content and organisation:

During an academic year at HCJS, approximately 33 hours are allocated to the teaching of art. Depending on how each year group plans the delivery of their curriculum, this may take place in a block of work over a period of a few days or as a lesson per week.

Our scheme of work is related to the programmes of study in the National Curriculum and this ensures that termly/yearly planning is long term and cross-curricular. An overview of the whole school plan for art enables teachers to know what the children have done before.

The learning of techniques as well as the project outcomes are progressive; building on pupils' knowledge and skills each year.

At HCJS, we believe Art should be valued in itself as a subject with its own skills and concepts. However, it is invaluable as a vehicle for learning across the whole curriculum and is very much linked with the other expressive arts; drama and music, (all being languages of feelings), which together add a richness and depth to the pupils' whole education. 

 With this in mind, some art projects will be 'stand alone', (for example Still Life observational drawing opportunities) but many projects will be embedded within a cross -curricula topic, linking with Literacy and History, or perhaps relating  Science and ICT or beyond.

Across the school, a greater emphasis on cross-curriculum topic based planning encourages the teaching staff to make specific links between subjects in order to develop as creative a curriculum as possible.