At Homefields, we have adopted the "Chris Quigley Essentials" curriculum, based on the principle that children will develop a DEPTH of learning. The curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced, ensuring that all pupils develop the knowledge and skills to succeed in life.
Our creative approach to the study of art and design focuses on the following essential characteristics:
- The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D, 3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
At Homefields we aim to instil an enjoyment of art and design in every child. We strive to make learning both fun and engaging for the children as they develop their creative and technical skills on their journey through school.
Children use different tools and materials in a variety of ways, to express their ideas and develop manipulative skills and techniques. They explore the work of different artists, adopting their styles and putting their personal stamps on the famous works. The children's fantastic art work is proudly displayed throughout the school for everyone to appreciate.
From exploring texture using paint mixed with sand in Foundation Stage 2 and mixing colours when producing Kandinsky circles in Year 1 and 2, to recreating sculptures in the style of Andy Goldsworthy in Year 3 and 4 and investigating the art and design techniques used in the real world in Year 5 and 6... the children experience an abundance of art and design at Homefields.
One of our favourite weeks in the school year is MADD (music, art, dance and drama) week, in which the children have the opportunity to delve into their creative side. Each year a new theme is selected. This could be anything from 'The Wizard of Oz', which allowed the children to follow their very own yellow brick road, to 'The Lion King' , which involved filling the corridors with near to life size animals.
Art and Design Coordinator