Intent for KS1 to KS4
At Iceni, we believe that teaching and learning in Art and DT is important because it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. The purpose of Art and Design education is to give pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. It fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression.
It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.
At KS3 and KS4 students produce creative independent work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Skills are further enhanced and developed which leads to students becoming confident and proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
Using the language of art, they evaluate and analyse creative works by a range of artists and ultimately understand the historical and cultural development of a range of art forms.
Art is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality.
Quentin Blake, Children’s Laureate
Wherever appropriate it is linked to other areas of the curriculum and gives children the opportunities to develop specific skills and reinforces skills already established. For example, in Beech Class’s Aztec topic, children paint a warrior and the teacher has focused on finishing techniques such as outlining and defining. In Oak Class, the Roman topic is supported by looking at mosaics using bean art.