Participating in art activities helps children to gain the tools necessary for understanding human experience, adapting to and respecting others' ways of working and thinking, developing creative problem-solving skills, and communicating thoughts and ideas in a variety of ways. Studies have shown that participating in artistic activities can stimulate both sides of the brain and increases the capacity of memory, attention and concentration. This helps to develop skills in all other areas of the curriculum, especially reading, maths and science. At St Anselm’s, we aim to develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to engage in artistic activities with confidence and enjoyment. Wherever possible, we endeavour to link any learning in this subject to other areas of the curriculum, particularly those subjects within the creative arts. Art education also provides pupils with opportunities to develop personal attributes of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication.
The Art and Design curriculum at St Anselm’s provides the children with the opportunities to develop and extend their creative skills and to express their individual interests, thoughts and ideas. Our aim is that, as pupils progress through the school, they should begin to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.
Key skills and knowledge for Art and Design have been carefully mapped across the school to ensure continuity and progression across each year group, between year groups and key stages.
One unit is taught each term, thus covering three units per year.
Unit 1: Formal elements of Art covering:
Unit 2: Art and Design Skills covering:
Unit 3: Consolidating units
Children are also exposed to Art appreciation, exploring different artists and their work and different art styles.
We ensure that all pupils:
The Art and Design curriculum at St Anselm’s enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. The children become actively involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities.