Art and Design
Subject Leader: Miss Earlie
At Dubmire we want to encourage children to be highly independent in their art making and place great value on unique and original ideas. We focus on developing fine motor skills through scaffolding. As a school we know that Art plays a key role in the development of the child’s visual literacy. Our Curriculum design provides all children with the opportunities to make sustained progress from their starting points, builds self-confidence and empowers self-expression. We encourage children to appreciate their own and each other’s art and to see that everyone is an artist.
Art taught in Nursery and Reception classes follows the Early Years Framework for learning and development in Expressive Arts and Design. Children are given the opportunity to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities for sharing thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art.
Children in KS1 and KS2 are introduced to each of the key areas of Art and Design, ensuring coverage of the National Curriculum. They are introduced to a wide range of mediums, materials and techniques and learn the skills of painting, drawing, printing, textiles, digital art, and 3D construction throughout their time at Dubmire. Children learn about great artists, historical and contemporary, as they move through the school. They learn how to use artists as inspiration for their own artwork. Trips and visits from artists enhance the children’s learning experiences. Children take great pleasure and pride in their artwork and their art is celebrated through displays throughout the school and art galleries.
Whole School Project
As a school we decided to make tree house sculptures. Following a short introductory assembly, and with a number of parent helpers and TAs present, children started to make sculptures! The focus was on how to manipulate and construct materials, balance elements, and to “design through making”. The children kept up the making for the whole morning, and then we took the tree houses onto the field to enjoy.