Art and Design
Being one of the curriculum drivers at Hillborough Infant and Nursery School, we encourage our pupils through the creative curriculum to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art.
In Early Years Foundation Stage, pupils predict, plan and problem solve as they create their pieces of art. Pupils investigate a range of mark making tools and begin to explore and learn different techniques, such as mixing colours in painting, drawing different lines and talking about their creations.
In Key Stage One, pupils explore other techniques and skills with greater detail. Examples of this include drawing different thickness and size of lines to create textures and tones as well as gaining confidence in using a range of other tools. They also use rollers in printing and carving tools in sculpting. Last term for our ‘Julia Donaldson’ topic and as part of our home learning, we explored different illustrators and used lines to create cross hatching when sketching and recreated Julia Donaldson in the style of Axel Scheffler.
All opportunities are carefully planned into our topics to provide purposeful ways for pupils to make connections or to use context when exploring an area of focus. Pupils also learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history. They develop their knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers. Pupils are also provided with opportunities to apply these skills and explore their own styles when creating pieces of art.
This term for our topic 'On our doorstep' we have been closely observe London landmarks and sketching buildings using different lines and techniques in Year 2. We also created portraits of our Queen. In Year 1 we are looking at famous hat designers and beginning to plan our own designs to make our own hats. In Early Years we have been using our drawing skills to show our route to school and using our creative skills to design and make trains, after listening to the story of 'The Train Ride'.
In March 2020 Hillborough and Infant School was awarded a Silver Artsmark award. Artsmark recognises schools that bring art alive, as well as supporting the creative development in individual pupils.