Art and Design
Art and Design at Crockham Hill:
Subject Leader: Mrs G Hutchinson
Link Governor: Mrs S Dodson
‘Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas and themselves, and to explore what is possible.’
MaryAnn F. Kohl, American educator and author
At Crockham Hill, we believe that art and design is a vital part of children’s entitlement to a broad and balanced curriculum. Our aim is to inspire, engage and challenge children’s creativity in order to develop the confidence, knowledge and skills they require to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
We believe that art can take our children on a really exciting adventure, where they are given the freedom to explore a wide range of materials, skills and ideas. Sketchbooks are at the heart of our art and design curriculum. They are used from Reception through to Year 6 as a place to experiment, explore and unlock creative possibilities. We encourage children to explore subject matter in their own way, with no ‘set rules’ for outcomes. This approach helps build children’s confidence and ‘learn to trust their ideas and explore what is possible’. The process of exploring art - whether that be a particular technique, artist or subject matter - is so important and unique for each child. Their sketchbook provides them with an opportunity to respond creatively and record their individual creative journey, including reflective annotations.