Art & Design

Art & Design
At Charlton Manor, our high-quality 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 inspired by a range of artists, architects and designers in history.
As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design through the sequenced, planned lessons. Our curriculum is adapted, designed and developed for all pupils to access. It explores how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our diverse nation.

Pupils have opportunities to draw upon other areas of the curriculum, such as links to History, Geography, Science, RE and English to further develop their understanding and enthusiasm in the topics they are studying. There is also an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of art and design by exploring various artists and their wider impact.
Pupils learn to experiment with colour, form, texture and pattern using different materials. They are encouraged to use their skills and imagination to create their own independent works of art and then to evaluate their work to suggest any improvements that could be made. The use of sketchbooks throughout the school also allows pupils to record ideas

The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 1, all pupils can:

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • learn about the work of a range of artists
  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences and imagination creatively to design and make products
  • develop a wide range of techniques by using colour, patter, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • explore a range of artists, designers and make links to their own work

Key Stage 2
The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that by the end of Key Stage 2, all children can:

  • continue to build on, and further develop the skills and knowledge they have acquired in Key Stage 1
  • create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • use their knowledge of great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Art is celebrated at Charlton Manor through our annual Art Gallery, where children’s work (produced during Art Week) is exhibited. Parents and the local community are invited to come and view and commend the art on display. Our pupils are proud to show that, over time, they have mastered a wide range of art skills.  These skills are evident all year round, in displays around the school, giving opportunities to inspire others and celebrate their success.
Frequently, we interact with local community projects and we encourage participation and links with art galleries and companies, who often provide exciting visits and workshops.

At Charlton Manor, we aim to teach art and design in a fun and creative way and we value the opportunities it provides for developing the core learning skills of resilience, resourcefulness and reflectiveness. Children are encouraged to explore their emotion through their artwork as well as discuss the emotion of a piece of art.

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