At St Michael’s Infant School, we believe that the study of art is vital to the development of the whole child.

Our art curriculum introduces children to a range of tools and techniques that enable them to express themselves creatively. They learn to cut, draw, paint and collage. Children experience paper and paste, clay and textiles to create imaginative 3D art. They investigate and experiment with line, shape, form, colour, pattern and texture.

We broaden children’s horizons and experiences by introducing them to the work of a range of artists, sculptors and designers. Children use these artists’ work, along with a wider introduction to different styles of art, as a stimulus to create their own pieces.

Children develop skills in evaluating their own art and the art of others and have many opportunities to express their own opinions on famous pieces, artists and styles.

We believe it is important to incorporate art across the curriculum, from weaving to symbolise the Great Fire of London to using 2D shape to create Paul Klee inspired castle pictures in maths.

Progression in skills and knowledge from EYFS to the end of Year 2 allows children to grow as artists. For example, drawing develops from exploring simple line and shape in Year R through to an understanding of shade and tone, selecting grades of pencil as appropriate, in Year 2.

Visiting local artists encourage the children to let their imaginations run free and opens their minds to new possibilities in the way they express themselves through their art.

We believe that starting children on this creative journey enables children to find a voice and breaks down barriers, enabling all to succeed. Children see their creations celebrated in classrooms and around the school. Our art curriculum aims to enrich the life experience of our children as well as contribute to their overall well-being.

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