We encourage children’s artistic development from Reception through to Year 6. We are fortunate that we have teachers with a passion for nurturing artistic confidence and originality.
Our art curriculum (which encompasses the objectives outlined in the national curriculum) is taught through three strands:
The curriculum also builds progression in three areas of art
Each term of learning begins in the same way with children studying an artist’s work in detail. The artist will be chosen because of their work is a strong example of a particular skill across the strands and areas.
Following a detailed understanding of the artist’s work, pupils will have the chance to imitate part of the artwork or skill demonstrated in the artworks. Once the pupils have developed confidence and skills to imitate what they have observed and understood, they innovate their own works using and applying the new knowledge and skills taught with freedom.
Where appropriate, the art curriculum makes links with history, science and geography if this helps children understand an artist more fully, however, this will never be at the expense of the art skills progression.
Visits to art galleries including the Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery, Tate Modern and The National Gallery are important to further inspire and motivate the children. All children will visit art galleries during their time with us.
We also have after school art clubs and the children are welcome to attend and develop their own art projects using the wide range of school resources.
Each year children present their work in a large-scale art exhibition and parents are invited to view their children’s work in a ‘gallery’ presentation.