At St Christopher’s School, we ensure that high-quality art and design lessons engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of different nations around the world.
Art is taught by the pupil’s class teacher in Nursery to Year 3. Art in Years 4, 5 and 6 is taught by a specialist Art teacher in our purpose-built Art classroom for one hour each week.
Our Art curriculum in Nursery and Reception follows the Expressive Arts and Design guidance in the Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. This involves children being able to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials.
Our Art curriculum in Years 1 to 6 follows the Art Programmes of Study in the National Curriculum for England 2014. This ensures that all pupils have ample opportunities to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences in a variety of media. Pupils become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
The curriculum is enhanced by exploring the work of famous artists, Arabic art and through opportunities to visit local artists at work. All pupils contribute to collaborative pieces of artwork which are now displayed throughout the school.