At Crab Lane, our aim is to develop the children’s art skills in the Early Years and Key Stage 1. When children are in Key Stage 2, they are able to use these skills to create their own unique styles using their preferred media types. Children are encouraged to investigate art in-depth, thus enabling them to critique their own and others’ work and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design.
Children at Crab Lane have varied experiences of art outside of the classroom; therefore, we aim to develop the children’s ‘cultural capital’ through visits to galleries and creating links with local artists and art projects.
What do we do at Crab Lane?
At Crab Lane we use the International Primary Curriculum to ‘spark’ ideas for different topics. As part of these topics, we explore different themes through art. The children are inspired and challenged to experiment with different media types and create their own work in response to a stimulus.
Each child has their own sketchbook, which they keep with them throughout their school life. The sketch books are used to record their learning and they use them to review and revisit ideas. When children reach Year 6, they are able to reflect on their own development in art throughout their time at Crab Lane.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught specific skills in discrete art lessons. Linked to the National Curriculum, children investigate: lines, marks, colour, form; shape and texture. The children then apply these skills in cross-curricular ways. In Key Stage 2, children build upon the skills they have developed in Key Stage 1 and focus more on experimenting, creating, controlling, mastering whilst revisiting and reviewing previously taught skills. The children are then encouraged to use art in other subject areas in response to their learning.
One of the most important aspects of the art and design curriculum is learning about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers. In Manchester, we have a wealth of local artists (both past and present). We investigate numerous artists throughout the year groups and children are encouraged to describe the similarities and differences between different practices and disciplines; making links to their own work.
Every year, as part of the Manchester Arts Education Initiative, the children in Year 5 and 6 explore different Shakespearian plays and create pieces of art in response to them. These are displayed in exhibitions alongside the performances which have previously taken part in the Victoria Baths. Children are able to use the range of skills they have honed during their time at Crab Lane to create impressive works that delight both children and adults alike.
Below is an outline of the skills that the children are taught in each year group linked to the National Curriculum.