At Greengate Junior School we believe that art education is important as it stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. We aim to give pupils the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art in a visual or tactile form.
We will help pupils develop lively, enquiring minds and as they progress, encourage them to think critically and make informed responses to their own work and that of others. There is great pleasure to be derived from art and design and pupils will learn how it shapes our history and contributes to the world around them.
At Key stage 2, pupils should be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design. Pupils should be taught:
Each child has their own art and design A5 sketchbook which they take with them to the next class. This provides a record of their learning and progress. The children are encouraged to think of it as a place to practice and develop their work. The use of rubbers is discouraged in order to try and make the sketchbook a place where it is ok to make mistakes and be experimental. Pupils should be aware that their sketchbook does not need to be ‘perfect’ and that it is a working document and a collection of ideas.
The art and design sketchbook can be used to;