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Ormesby Primary School

Art and Design

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”

Thomas Merton

What do we want children to gain from Art and Design and why is this important?

Our Art and Design curriculum has been developed to stimulate creative thought, ambition and imagination in our pupils. It is our intention to provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences, promoting a special way for our pupils to understand and respond to their environment. We want our children to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern, using a range of materials and processes. It is our mission to expose children to a range of visual art and encourage their appreciation of them, enriching their lives and allow them to connect with the ideas and emotions of themselves and others. We aim for pupils to develop the confidence to make aesthetic and practical decisions through their own creative work and develop their individual tastes, preferences and ideas through studying the work of local and internationally known artists and designers. We aim for our pupils to access the therapeutic benefits of the arts and support their well-being through reflection, self expression and collaboration with others. When learning about the roles and functions of art, Ormesby Primary School’s pupils explore the impact it has had on contemporary life in Middlesbrough and that of different times and cultures in the town’s history.

How do we teach Art and Design?

We develop children’s curiosity, ideas, skills and understanding through a broad range of activities, including practical tasks, discussion and educational visits. Our younger pupils in EYFS and Key Stage 1, move through sequences of activities and experiences that develop their early creative skills in the key areas of drawing, painting, printmaking and sculpture. In Key Stage 2, children progress to using sketchbooks to map their own creative journeys, exploring these key skills in greater depth. Whole-class teaching, group activities and workshops lead by our staff, artists and experts from local organisations such as Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) and Teesside University. Children have access to a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT, to support their work. Each year group is introduced to the work of both internationally known and local artists and they are encouraged to discuss and evaluate what they see, think and feel. Local galleries and large scale sculptures are utilised to provide ‘real life’ experiences for our pupils and support their appreciation and understanding of the creative process.

What is the impact of Art and Design?

  • Pupils develop a positive self image and have the confidence to explore, take risks, solve problems and express themselves.
  • Children help to shape their environments and are involved in developing their creative curriculum
  • Pupils have an appreciation of various forms of visual art and can use inference skills explore meaning
  • They understand that expression and creativity can contribute to their well-being
  • Children evaluate their own work and the work of other artists, recognising that opinion is a matter of personal taste
  • They have knowledge of careers in the arts and understand possibilities for future study

Teachers track children’s progress against the National Curriculum objectives for Art and Design. This information helps teachers to plan for future learning and identify children who require support or further challenge.

What do children learn in each year group?

School Games Mark Gold Award
Eco Schools Silver Award
Music Mark
Artsmark Gold Award
Ironstone Academy
Active Mark
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