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Art and Design

“Children see before they speak, make marks before they write, build before they walk. But their ability to appreciate and interpret what they observe, communicate what they think and feel, or make what they imagine and invent, is influenced by the quality of their art, craft and design education.” (Ofsted 2012:1)

 

Introduction

Queen Mary Avenue Infants and Nursery School we value the importance of providing an Art and Design education that will engage, inspire and challenge our children.

Art and Design encourages creative and imaginative thinking and inspires children to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design in response to the knowledge they have acquired and the skills they have developed.

We encourage our children to reflect on and think critically about their own and others’ works of art, craft and design in order for them to develop a deeper understanding of art, craft and design. As a result our children start to appreciate the many disciplines that embody Art and Design and begin to develop an awareness of how the subject has influenced our history and continues to shape our future.

There are numerous studies confirming learning through creativity equips children with essential life skills, helping them to become inquisitive, imaginative, disciplined, develop persistence and work collaboratively. These are all skills that we strive to develop at Queen Mary Avenue Infants and Nursery School enabling our children to become successful learners.

 

Curriculum

At Queen Mary Avenue we follow the National Curriculum (2014) study of Art and Design which specifies children should;

  • 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