At Elmwood Infant School the teaching of Art is based on the EYFS Development Matters Guidance and the National Curriculum and linked to topics to ensure a well-structured   and progressive approach to this creative subject. We encourage children to express  themselves and produce high-quality pieces of work in a variety of media that they can be proud of. We look for ways to create opportunities to link the curriculum across subjects and art is used in most subjects to enrich  the visual literacy  throughout the EYFS and KS1.

Art and Design in Early Years Foundation Stage.

In the Nursery sketch books are introduced as a way of recording work and showing progression from the start of the EYFS to the end of Key Stage 1.

In the Early Years pupils explore and use a variety of media and materials through a combination of child initiated and adult directed activities. They have opportunities to learn to:

– Explore the textures, movement, feel and look of different media and materials

– Respond to a range of media and materials, develop their understanding of them in order to manipulate and create different effects

– To safely use different media and materials to express their own ideas

– Explore colour and use for a particular purpose

– Develop skills to use simple tools and techniques competently and appropriately

– Select appropriate media and techniques and adapt their work where necessary

Art and Design in Key stage 1

In Key Stage 1 children are taught art through discreet lessons and art mornings. Children are given      opportunities to discuss, critique, appreciate and evaluate their own work and the work of others including famous artists.

Pupils are taught:

–  To use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

– To use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination

–  To develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

–  About the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers across different cultures, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.  

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Art & Design around our school

Year 1 have been learning about colour mixing and have created their own piece of art work.

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