At Osmotherley Primary School we strive to provide a high-quality art and design education, which engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design and develop their sense of shape, pattern and colour.
There is a clear progression in the skills and knowledge taught throughout the school and deliberate practice allows children to improve fluency leading to mastery and an alteration to their long-term memory.
We encourage our pupils to develop an understanding of art and design techniques. We aim to build an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. The children will learn about artists and designers from a range of cultures and periods in history, and they will learn the necessary vocabulary to articulate their opinions about art and to evaluate their own artwork. Art and design at Osmotherley School promotes diversity and helps children to express their own personal identity and culture.
We recognise that, as a rural school, some pupils have a limited opportunity to visit galleries or attend cultural events so we endeavour to bring artists into the classroom, arrange educational or residential visits with the opportunity to experience art and design first hand and we take every opportunity to make links to art and design in other areas of the curriculum.
We celebrate the art that the children produce in attractive displays and we foster a love of creativity and help every child to feel positive about their own creative development.
At KS1 and KS2, children develop knowledge of artists and designers. They become familiar with their work and their ideas, the techniques they used, their lives, the period when they lived and the impact of their work.