Art and DT
Nightingale Infant & Nursery School
At Nightingale Infant and Nursery School, we value Art because it contributes to the development of the whole child emotionally, aesthetically, spiritually, intellectually and socially. It creates in the child a sense of enjoyment and purpose, whilst also providing pupils with a unique way of perceiving themselves which is essential to their learning. It also broadens the range of artistic opportunities we provide for children to achieve in. Due to our high regard of Art and the positive outcomes it can have for children, we thrive to ensure that every child feels like they are an artist. This is done by valuing all art that is produced through verbal encouragement, praise and displaying every child’s artwork; not just the art perceived to be the best.
Through the teaching of Art, we aim to:
Promote children’s enjoyment of Art.
Encourage the development of imagination, original thought and personal expression.
Develop the children’s aesthetic awareness and help them to make informed critical responses about their work and the work of others.
Provide children with the opportunities to study and record both man-made and natural phenomena.
Ensure children develop an expertise in using a wide range of materials and equipment and techniques to enable the realisation of their ideas.
Provide opportunities to study contemporary, historical, cultural and religious art and artists.
At NIANS, Art is taught as a stand-alone subject to teach specific skills, but it is also seen across our curriculum and tied in with Power of Reading/Pictures. Children should be encouraged to look closely at pieces of art work and consider the focus for each piece as well as the artist’s perception and emotions towards the subject We endeavour to create many opportunities to use Art as a basis for work in a variety of other subjects. These may include Design Technology, History, Geography, Literacy, PSHE and many more.
Pupils at NIANS should be given the opportunity to learn through real experiences, teacher-prepared materials, practical demonstrations, structured tasks and educational visits (where possible). These tasks should incorporate drawing; painting; collage; printing; 3D and textiles. The opportunity should be given for pupils to evaluate and respond to art using visual language, and to make informed comments about their own work and that of others. Pupils should be clear what the intended outcomes are and have a means to measure their own work against this. Children are encouraged to take risks and experiment and then reflect on why some ideas and techniques are successful or not for a particular project.