We encourage children’s artistic development from Nursery through to Year 6. We are lucky enough to have two artists in residence ensuring that it is specialist teachers that lead the curriculum, specialists with a passion for nurturing artistic confidence and originality.
The children have plenty of opportunities to express themselves using a variety of different media, such as clay, paint, textiles, drawing, collage and photography. Children are taught specific art skills and how to use art equipment appropriately. Art is always a cross-curricular activity drawing on and being inspired by other areas of learning such as History, Geography, Science, Maths and different cultures.
Visits to art galleries including the Tate Modern, the White Cube and The National Gallery are important to further inspire and motivate the children.
All children’s artistic expression is valued and encouraged. Children use a wide range of tools, equipment and materials. They are given the space, time and support of enthusiastic staff to help them develop their potential. Sometimes they will work on individual projects such as creating a Caribbean headdress, or a medieval illumination. Other work might be collaborative, using team design and construction methods such as a performance piece, large-scale sculptures and installations.
Children who demonstrate great enthusiasm and potential are supported in developing a portfolio of art through additional lessons. Each year several children apply successfully for art scholarships at secondary school.
Each term children and our artists in residences present their work in a large scale exhibition. Each summer term we also dedicate an entire week of lessons to art. To see what the pupils have been learning in art lessons and clubs, please visit the Art Blog.