Art and Design
Art and design are an intrinsic part of the curriculum at Paddocks. As our planning is topic-based, many opportunities are provided for the children to explore these learning areas in a cross-curricular way. The children very much enjoy creative activities, and they are provided with an additional session to take part in a variety of these during Golden Time, if they wish.
The children begin their art and design studies in Early Years, by using different types of media (paint, chalk, pastels, pencils, crayons, etc.) to practise mark-making and independent techniques for drawing and colouring activities. They are allowed to explore a variety of materials for building and ‘inventing’, which helps to them to develop their creativity and problem solving skills for later years.
As they move through the school, children continue to experiment with different media, textiles and materials, learning about the process of creating artwork, and assessing how ‘first attempts’ can be improved upon. Children are provided with opportunities to work independently, in small groups, and with partners, in order to evaluate their art and design work, as well as to share ideas and gain insight through other viewpoints.
The children also have the opportunity to sample different foods and to take part in food preparation and topic-based cooking activities. This helps the children to develop healthy attitudes when choosing food; it also gives them some basic insight into where food comes from and how it is prepared, and how to follow a recipe, weighing and measuring liquids and serving sizes accurately.
Through developing their art and design skills and realising their own investigative, creative and evaluative potential, we hope that the children at Paddocks gain a respect for, and an interest in, the study of art and design.