Art and Design
Every child is an artist.
At Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, we are concerned with the education of the whole child. The development of art and design skills enables the achievement of personal fulfilment and satisfaction of the child. Art can give pleasure and increase self-esteem. It develops and aids fine motor skills, cognitive development, and language skills.
Art is a highly valued aspect of our curriculum. We try to develop each child’s confidence and pleasure in Art and Design through a range of activities and incorporate a rich variety of media and techniques through which children are encouraged to express their ideas, thoughts, and feelings. Our school focuses on inspirational artists to expose children to a wider understanding of the art world creating a culture of awe, wonder, and curiosity for our young learners. At Lenthall Infant and Nursery School, we aim to build on prior knowledge to develop new skills to deepen learning by systematically layering new knowledge on existing knowledge.
Art at Lenthall Infant and Nursery School is assessed using the following.
- Informal judgements by staff during lessons
- Immediate next steps are provided via verbal feedback.
- Pupil and peer assessments.
- Formal skills and assessment checklists.
At the end of each art unit, teachers make a summary judgement about the work each pupil has completed in relation to the success criteria. The art subject leader monitors progress and attainment on a termly basis through a triangulation of the data, evidence in books, and through children’s voice.
Our Ultimate End Goal:
What will our artists and designers be able to do when they leave us?
By the end of their learning journey at Lenthall Infant and Nursery School our artists and designers will have built up a body of knowledge which will enable them to engage confidently in the production of creative work. They will have explored a wide variety of art, craft and design techniques and they will have had rich opportunities to develop their skills and mastery of a range of materials and processes. They will understand the importance of experimenting and feel confident to take risks and make mistakes, secure in the understanding that, when making art, the process is more important than the final product. They will feel confident in expressing their individuality through art and understand that creativity will look different in each person. They will value the work of artists and designers and understand its contribution to the world around us. They will be familiar with the work of some influential artists and designers including art within our local environment.
Creativity takes courage.