Art embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity. Through our art and design curriculum, we 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. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of Art and key artists. They will know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
We aim to develop a sense of belonging in children – understanding where they are in the world and how people, time and events have led them to be here. This can then be compared to other children in different places and across different time periods. Purposeful, memorable learning opportunities (including trips, visitors and artefacts) will promote aspirations, enable a positive self-image and develop a sense of well-being. Careful curriculum design will develop effective communication and language skills so that the children can interact with each other and the world around them. By using transferable skills between subjects, an ethos of a lifelong love of learning will be established.
At The Orchards, there is a focus on developing language which enables children to fully express their ideas with the use of subject specific vocabulary; children are able to critique and evaluate both their own and the work of others, showing tolerance and respect. As well as working and developing ideas in sketch books, we like to exhibit our art around the school.
We want children to be inspired to be artists, craftsmen, sculptures, printmakers, ceramicists and textile artists.