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At Merstham Primary School our vision statement A community growing learning and achieving together clearly sets out what we wish to achieve as a school community. Embedded in our vision are our values Community – Aiming High Learning to Learn and wellbeing

We want children to develop the skills to become creative and visual thinkers using

their imagination, creativity, expression, observation, independence, analytical and problem solving skills.

Our art curriculum is taught through three strands :-

  • to develop ideas,
  • to master techniques and
  • to take inspiration from the greats.

Each strand is developed, from EYFS to Year 6, using a progression of skills in drawing, painting,

collage, textiles, printing, sculpture and digital media. We include a range of styles and genres, using

websites, books and galleries to support our teaching. We also make sure that the subject matter is

broad and includes culturally and ethnically diverse artists. This helps children to understand that

art is made by all sorts of people, in a variety of ways, and they should feel represented by the art

and artists they are exposed to.

“If we want children to value art, we must give them access to it early on in life.”

By the end of Key Stage 1 most pupils should be able to:

  • use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
  • use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
  • develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
  • learn about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
  • learn the tools and techniques for working with digital media e.g paint, fill, shape, flood, colours and shades

By the end of Key Stage 2 most pupils should be able 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.
  • create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
  • learn about great artists, architects and designers in history, use their techniques and create works influenced by them.
  • develop their use of digital media - creating enhancing and adapting images, editing for detail and adding elements of sound and animation

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