Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. At Norbury C of E Primary School we hold art education in the highest esteem and understand the value that it adds to the educational experience of our children.
We believe that participation in arts education will:
- Increase cognitive ability and creative thinking
- Allow children a perspective on other areas of the curriculum, for example by looking at paintings or artefacts from another country (Geography) or time period (History)
- Provide a way into learning for children who may be facing academic challenges
- Give children the opportunity to explore the world around them and to appreciate their cultural heritage
- Provide opportunities to collaborate, be creative and express themselves
- Support mental health and wellbeing
- Promote the development of fine motor skills by working with different tools and malleable resources
We work with an artist in residence to provide specialist teaching for all children, holding space for arts education and ensuring that it is valued within our community. Although Art is embedded across the curriculum, we understand the importance of teaching discrete and progressive skills. Significant artists are studied which may also link to other areas of the curriculum. Although suggested artists for study in each year group are given, it is expected that teachers will respond to national events (eg big exhibitions or new pieces of work by an artist), the interests of the children and make best use of their own knowledge when selecting artists for study.
Opportunities are sought for our children to engage with regional and national art events and exhibitions, supporting our key curriculum drivers; Standards, Motivation, Independence and Equality and Diversity. Recent examples include children participating in the Royal Academy of Art Summer Show, contributing to Ashbourne Arts Festival and participating in the ‘Peace Doves’ exhibition at Derby Cathedral.
The document below shows the core learning for children in Art and Design in each year group at Norbury. Scroll to the bottom for some key texts that will support our learning.