Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Throughout Years One and Two, children are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products and to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
They learn how to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, as well as how to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
All classes recieve creative arts workshops throughout the year from specialst artists.
Our whole-school cultural art project took place between Monday 4th July 2016 and Friday 8th July 2016.
Together, we created a collaborative artwork entitled We are all Under the Same Sky which encapsulates the idea that we are all under the same sky, no matter where we are on earth. Learning was centred around images of the sky from locations around the globe which have been taken by people living in each region.
The ultimate aim of the project was to develop our pupils’ knowledge and understanding of the cultural differences that exist between communities around the world and that – despite these differences – we are all under the same sky.
The week started with key stage one pupils taking part in Bollywood and Chinese ribbon dancing workshops led by external professionals. As well as this, pupils also worked with a professional artist who taught them the art of weaving and supported them in weaving cultural fabrics from around the world to create six giant cloud-like structures which are on display in our school hall.
Our collaborative artwork 'We are all Under the Same Sky' can be viewed in our school hall.
Pupils in Little Discoverers Nursery learned about Canada and The Philippines through:
- making a Canadian breakfast of pancakes and maple syrup
- using climbing frames as a cable car to go down a mountain
- playing ‘ice’ hockey in the school hall
- making a traditional Philippine breakfast of rice and fish
- exploring maps and globes
- learning about what happens in an airport control tower!
Pupils in Recpetion learned about Australia, Hawaii, Zambia and China through:
- producing Aboriginal artwork and cityscapes
- creating Hong Kong inspired sky scraper scenes and Chinese dragon puppets
- learning about marbling in art and design
- producing Hawaiian tie-die shirts and Lei’s (garlands)
- creating orchid artwork
Pupil in Beatrix Potter Class learned about Havana, Tokyo and Kazan through:
- creating their own classic Cuban cars
- making sushi
- creating sound poetry
- writing their names in Japanese
- creating their own Russian dolls
Pupils in C. S. Lewis Class learned about Brazil and China through:
- making Brazilian carnival masks
- comparing their own day with that of a Brazilian child
- writing their names in Chinese
- creating a large Chinese dragon
- map work in geography
Pupils in Amelia Earhart Class learned bout Berlin, Keri-Keri and New Delhi through:
- creating their own Berlin wall linked to our value of friendship
- learning about Indian sweets and food and the Taj Mahal
- creating Rangoli patterns
- learning about Hakka
- exploring Maori tattoos
- learning about the locations of these places in geography
Pupils in Christopher Columbus Class learned about Egypt and Japan through:
- creating their own ancient Egyptian jewellery, including necklaces and bracelets
- creating their own Egyptian cartouche
- learning about Japanese calligraphy
- creating their own Kimono-style fans