Art and Design
At Livingstone we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art and Design is taught throughout Livingstone Primary School ensuring full coverage of the National Curriculum. We use the programmes of study of the National Curriculum for art to underpin teaching and learning. We enable pupils to produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences. Pupils will become proficient in drawing, painting, printing, textiles, sculpture and 3D form techniques. Pupils are taught how to evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design. We aim to ensure that pupils know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. We use the wider subjects of the curriculum e.g. English, mathematics, geography, history, science and R.E. to provide stimulus and starting points for art and design. Cross-curricular links have been made to each of the chosen focus themes, in each half term, for each year group. Throughout the Early Years, painting, drawing, printing and transient art, are permanently available as part of the continuous provision as well as adult led directed tasks. Art in the Early Years covers the objectives in one of the four specific areas of learning - Expressive Art and Design. Children in years 1-6 use sketchbooks to explore and develop their ideas and evaluate and develop their work. Units of work are sequenced in such a way to ensure progression of skills over time, for example mixing of secondary colours is introduced after the children are familiar with primary colours. The children develop their independence skills in terms of accessing their own choice of media and materials. Visits to local galleries are arranged. All children fully participate in Art lessons with adult support when appropriate. Pupils are encouraged to display and exhibit their work within school and alongside children from other schools. There is a very popular and oversubscribed after-school art club running weekly, who engage with local community art projects including the lantern festival and Mossley mammoths.