Art and Design

At HA art and design are taught through cross curricular topics using the International Primary Curriculum where appropriate, for example creating sand art work as part of a holiday topic in Year 1 and creating photographic illustrations as part of a Twisted tales writing topic in Year 3.

The new National Curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

Art and design units are planned using the International Primary Curriculum to ensure a progressive build up of skills across the school and a broad and rich range of topics.

For more detail on art and design topics taught, please see our Year Group Curriculum maps.

Community Links
At HA we take children into their community or invite members of the community into school in order to bring their learning alive and allow experts to be involved in their learning. In art and design the children have visited the Tate Modern and have been visited by a photographer and a parent artist to learn more about these art forms.All children were involved in a whole school art project when our first principal, John, left the school, each class creating pictures of John in the style of a different artist. In preparation for moving to our permanent home in Victoria Rd, the children are taking part in a whole school art project to represent our three homes in the style of different artists.

Outdoor Learning
Outdoor learning plays a vital role in all areas of our curriculum. In art, the outdoors may be used to provide natural materials for collage or inspiration for landscape paintings or mud for mud sculptures.

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