At SMSP we believe the Arts play a vital role in underpinning a well-rounded education. From Reception to Year 6, children are given opportunities to access a broad range of high-quality art experiences and we actively encourage art to be used as a form of expression for all children.
We encourage children to develop their creativity and imagination through learning different skills and techniques. Children are introduced to a wide variety of creative forms including drawing, painting, collage, sculpture and printing, and they are taught to use materials and tools with precision and care.
In Reception, children are given continuous access to different media, such as modelling, painting, drawing, cameras and chalk as well as a supply of natural products such as pine cones, shells, stones and leaves.
Sketch books, for children to record and experiment in, are used throughout the school. They are also used to track progression and skills development. Rich and varied displays throughout the school showcase and celebrate the development and progression in learning.
In addition to regular Art lessons, the whole school has a yearly Curriculum Week. This is a week in which the children are fully immersed in the Arts to explore the chosen topic. Previous topics have included ‘There’s Only One You’, ‘Britain through the Decades’ and ‘Radical Geometry’.
Children also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other art forms. We regularly enrich our Art curriculum with visits to London’s art galleries and make direct links to a wide variety of art forms through class topics.
In Reception, children continually access a wide variety of creative activities and opportunities both inside and out. Through the topics studied they are able to explore a wide range of mediums and techniques such as sketching, painting, collage and they experiment with design, textures and colours. Children enjoy observing patterns in nature when learning about seasonal changes.
In Year 1, the children explore the formal elements of shape, line and colour. They mix and paint with secondary colours, use circles to create abstract compositions and work collaboratively to create a class piece of art. On the theme of the natural world, children create sculptures, collages and 3D models of creatures, inspired by Louise Bourgeois. They also experiment with different art materials to create texture.
In Year 2, the children explore the formal elements of pattern, texture and tone. They replicate the recognisable crockery of Clarice Cliff, exploring tone through shading, developing weaving skills, working with clay and experimenting with brush strokes. They explore sculpture, pop art and drawing to portray emotions and take inspiration from the works of Roy Lichtenstein.
In Year 3, the children explore the formal elements of shape and tone. They learn about how and why art was created during their prehistoric topic linked to their Stone Age theme in History. They make their own homemade paints from natural materials and replicate painting techniques from the past. They also learn to draw from observation and explore the difference between a tint and a shade.
In Year 4, the children explore the formal elements of pattern and texture. They analyse works of art, using inference and prediction to explore what might be depicted and intended by the artists. They create photo collages and abstract art inspired by the work explored. In addition, they learn about the words of inspirational sculptures, creating 3D works of art.
In Year 5, the children apply the formal elements of art that they have learnt about in previous years. They develop design, drawing, craft, painting and art appreciation skills by expanding on an observational drawing and painting an enlarged section of a drawn collage. They also explore the meaning behind art by analysing the work of Banksy.
In Year 6, the children continue to apply the formal elements of art that they have learnt about in previous years. They create zentangle patterns and develop these into prints. They explore art with a message, looking at the works of Pablo Picasso and Käthe Kollwitz and create their own artworks with a message through the mediums of graffiti, drawing and painting. They also create a variety of still life pieces influenced by different artists.