Art and Design
At Ashcott, we value Art and Design as some of the highest forms of creativity. Children are provided with opportunities to express their own opinions, ideas and interests through exploring a variety of techniques and medium. At Ashcott we believe that art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. The intent is to ensure all pupils produce creative, imaginative work that they feel proud of and feel confident to evaluate work, valuing a variety of opinions.
Our teaching and implementation starts from the learning objectives set out in the National Curriculum and is linked to topics ensuring a well-structured approach to this creative subject. We have a termly ‘Big Think’ for the whole school, linking Art, Craft and Design to aspects of maths skills (eg. MC Escher and Salvador Dali). Children also engage in whole school activities, linked to our whole school themes (eg. North American animal sculptures). Whole school activities are shared between classes, enabling children to be motivated and inspired by work of others, especially their ‘buddies’.
Teachers plan creatively to ensure children become increasingly competent and confident at using a range of techniques and medium. Children are taught about artists, architecture and techniques as part of their termly topic work, linked to topic learning. More detail can be found in our half termly plans.