At Berwick Middle School we are committed to providing all children with learning opportunities to engage in Art and Design. We believe that every child within our school should have full access to Art and Design as laid down in the National Curriculum regardless of age, gender or ability. Schemes of work support our ethos of Be Involved, Make a Difference and Strive to Succeed. There can be no doubt that Art, Craft and Design skills are essential components of a child’s education and development.
In producing creative work, pupils will explore their ideas and gain the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express their responses to ideas and experiences in a visual or tactile form. Art fires their imagination and is a fundamental means of personal expression. Through doing this they will become increasingly proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
While art is essentially a practical subject, it should provide opportunities for reflection and, with increasing sensitivity, pupils should acquire the ability to make informed, critical responses of their own work and that of others.
There is great pleasure to be derived from Art and Design and, through deeper understanding, pupils can gain access to cultural richness and diversity. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
We believe that Art provides a valuable educational, social and cultural experience for children of all ages. Pupils develop life skills and have the chance to extend their knowledge through studying a variety of artists, craftspeople and designers.
Berwick Middle School follows the revised National Curriculum for Art and Design at Key stage 2 and 3; all pupils have 1 lesson per week. Throughout the year we aim to offer our pupils the chance to visit art galleries or welcome arts practitioners into school to enrich the curriculum and offer pupils a more in-depth experience.
Key Stage 2
Building on their art experiences from first schools, Art and Design at BMS is about expanding children’s creativity and imagination through the provision of a range of art, craft and design activities.
Children will explore the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes and begin to understand and use colour, shape and space, pattern and texture to represent their own ideas and feelings.
Children will focus on the work of artists, craftspeople, other cultures, sculptors and designers and learn to talk about the materials, techniques and processes they have used using appropriate vocabulary.
Key Stage 3
During Key Stage 3, Art and Design is about fostering children’s creativity and imagination by building on their knowledge, skills, handling of materials, techniques and processes and providing more complex activities and opportunities for independent learning.
- Children will generate their ideas through research, planning, experimentation, visual analysis and problem-solving.
- Children will make works of art showing increasing control and skill, and exploit properties of materials to investigate line, tone, colour, texture, shape and form.
- Children will respond to the work they have produced more analytically, building on their subject-specific art vocabulary.
- Children will improve their knowledge and understanding of different artists, styles, periods and genres, and become more aware of the value and purpose of art in the world of work.