Art and Design

At Raglan we have a specialist teacher for Art & Design who works with pupils across the school over the year. Through the Art curriculum they develop their skills through a variety of media. The aim of the curriculum is to develop the children's knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. The children develop skills in the context of practical units of work aiming towards a creative outcome. Art is taught discretely in order to ensure progression of skills, but also links with topics and enriches the wider curriculum where appropriate. Art lessons are focused on developing the skills of drawing, painting and sculpture and give children practical opportunities to learn and master various techniques using a range of resources. Through Art they also apply the cross-curricular skills of observing, describing, analysing, comparing and contrasting, evaluating and using a range of interesting and relevant vocabulary.

We use a range of creative starting points such as famous paintings, interesting objects, visits and visitors, stories and tv documentaries to engage and inspire the children. We aim to broaden children's awareness and appreciation of the richness of the natural and made environment, our history and culture, and the creative diversity of the world around us. Through the Art & Design curriculum, they learn about the work of significant artists and designers in the context of history and culture and use these to inform their own practice alongside developing their skills. Where appropriate, they will visit art galleries to see these works of art first hand. Also, in order to encourage children to see themselves as artists and to give a purpose to their learning, we give them opportunities to show their work in exhibitions for families and friends.

The Art & Design curriculum is enhanced and enriched by various extra-curricular activities where children can explore skills, techniques and resources in smaller groups through art clubs and specific art projects.