Art and Design

Our vision for Malpas Alport School is one of high standards, achieved through the creative aspects of the curriculum. The sense of purpose, relevance and the excitement in learning provide children with the opportunities they need to achieve succeed and believe.

Art, craft and design is very much central to this vision. We place emphasis on the use of first-hand experience, experimentation and development of ideas and skills based on a wide range of stimuli. The quality of the first-hand experience is extremely important.

Ensuring a progression in the full range of skills needed by the children and promoting breadth and balance in their work is very important to us and we ensure all the specific areas of Art, Craft and Design are covered by the end of each year. Our children are always engaged in art, craft and design, as we ensure they are inspired and challenged, which leads them to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.

Our approach at Malpas Alport enthuses the children and leads to really exciting art and design opportunities. Children are encouraged to value, appraise and evaluate work of their own, their peers and work of famous artists. As pupils progress, this helps them to be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design.

Art, craft and design provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. Through our teaching and learning and opportunities we give to our children, they understand how art, craft and design reflect and shape our history and contribute to the culture and creativity of our nation and around the world. Enabling our children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form and pattern and the opportunity of experimenting with different materials and processes, these experiences ensure this appreciation and understanding takes place.

Our children love to see their art, craft or design work on display and during the year, children actively take part in local art competitions, art clubs, community workshops and shared school curriculum enrichment days. The beautiful displays around our school are testament to the quality of our teaching and learning experiences.

We aim to enable our pupils to create work with a real purpose and be able to comment on their own work and the work of others to evaluate and analyse artwork. By allowing children to explore various skills including drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles, and 3D work, and introducing them to a range of artists, our children will be able to reach, or exceed their potential in art and design and be able to see the progress they have made by showcasing the skills and progress they have made across each year. This will be evidenced mainly through each child’s sketch book, which will start in year 1 through to year 6.

 By the end of EYFS children will be able to use the correct tripod grip to be able to create a variety of marks using different drawing tools. They will be able to confidently experiment with a range of media in art, using colour, design, texture and form.

 By the end of KS1 children will be able to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop works of art, and to develop and have opportunities to use techniques in colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will be able to draw with a range of tone and marks, mix colours and tones, create collages, create a 3D piece of art, and be able to use printing and pattern in their artwork where appropriate. They will also be taught about a range of artists and designers, and be able to make links to their own work. Children will be able to evaluate their own work through peer and self-assessment.

 By the end of KS2 children will be able to develop their techniques and control of materials in order to create a variety of art and design pieces, for example; drawing, painting and sculpture, using different media. Children will be able to draw with appropriate proportion and perspective, create texture, such as, weavings, create a 3D sculpture, and to be able to use pattern and printing for a purpose. They will also be taught about a range of artists, architects and designers in history, and be able to make links to their own work. Children will be able to evaluate their own work through peer and self-assessment. 

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Chester Road,
Cheshire SY14 8PY
Headteacher: Mrs N Wetton
Main Contact: Terri-Ann Reynolds
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SEN Contact: Miss G Harper