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. Last term, Reception children learnt all about the duck's life cycle. This inspired pupils to draw different animals that hatch from eggs and created their own split pin eggs.
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. In our ‘Animal Kingdom’ topic, the children looked at different African landscapes and learnt what a horizontal line is. Pupils used a new skill to create their very own mixed media landscapes.
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. During last year’s Arts Week we invited a local artist who presented her life’s work. This inspired our pupils to make their own street art bubble writing and as a result we made our own art gallery around the theme of ‘We Are Heroes’.
We strive to provide a wide range of experiences which include theatre trips and various artists’ visits. For example, pupils had an opportunity to meet a real author/illustrator who showed our pupils how to draw space characters from his book. More recently, the students from Oaklands College came to deliver a workshop for our pupils and performed ‘Percy the Penguin’ story for the whole school.
Our pupils benefit from an extracurricular Art Club, where they focus on different projects and skills over several weeks. This term, pupils from reception have been learning about scratch art and all the techniques involved.
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.