Thorndown Primary School Art and Design.
Art Subject Leaders – Hilary Patrick and Laura Lally
What does Art at Thorndown look like?
We believe that Art and Design provides important opportunities for children to express themselves creatively and captures their interest within our ever- changing world. Pupils are encouraged to think imaginatively and our progressive program of study supports their development of skills, enabling them to realise their innovative ideas with increasing competence. Projects are linked to learning in other subjects and an important part of this is to learn from other expert artists and designers, who have links to the field we are studying.
Overview of study
Children will work on a variety of challenges, learning to adapt their skills accordingly for: drawing, painting, sculpture and crafts such as printing and collage. Through each unit, they will:
- Find out about different artists and makers and develop skills to join in with discussions and formulate their own personal response
- Develop skills appropriate to their task
- Have opportunities to experiment with different skills and resources to create a finished piece
- Reflect on this outcome.
Our aim is to develop independent thinkers who can work safely with materials and equipment; have a range of skills that they can apply to new learning; become self- evaluating, in order to strive for their best. Pupils have regular opportunities to have their work displayed and achievements celebrated in the classroom, the school galleries, as well as in external exhibitions, such as Hinchingbrooke Hospital.
We always look for opportunities to work on collaborative projects such as Inspire 2020 with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cows about Cambridge and our annual entries to CAYAC (Cambridge Young Artist Competition).
Artsmark is an award given by the Arts Council in recognition of high-quality provision of arts based subjects. Having achieved our Silver award, we are now working towards Gold. This ensures that opportunities for arts experiences (Art, Music, Drama, and Creative Writing) are maximised within our curriculum. Children in the role of Artsmark Ambassadors help to achieve this, also giving them the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Click HERE to view our Enrichment projects
What will your child study in each Year Group?
|Foundation Stage||Children are immersed in a rich environment, which provides opportunities to explore, experiment and play with a wide range of materials. They are shown how to safely use different tools and techniques. Children are encouraged to share and talk about their creations and how they developed them.|
|Year One||All about Me
Drawing and mark-making
Painting and printing
|Year Two||Kings and Queens
Drawing and painting (including colour mixing)
|Great Fire of London
Clay work – slab work
Sketching and printing
|Year Three||Ancient Civilisations
Painting (large scale)
Sculpture – construction work
Painting – exploring pattern and making paint
|Year Six||Medieval Britain –
Mixed media and printing
Please click HERE to read about the Progression in Art
Have a look below at the Art Gallery to see all the wonderful work that has been happening all over Thorndown