Art and Design
At Woodford Primary we aim to equip all our pupils with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art in a structured and progressively planned way where skills overlap from previous years and connections are made between different approaches, allowing for the development of a palette of skills and knowledge that the children draw on. In addition, we study art from different cultures and points in history, using a range of different media and materials. We develop authenticity in our Art curriculum by having regular visits and workshops led by local artists to inspire our children and to allow them to experience a ‘real artist’ at work. The effective use of sketchbooks is taught and developed across the school as an essential tool to gather ideas and inspiration to inform art work and our children learn to make informed judgements, aesthetic and practical decisions to explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. At Woodford, we encourage our children to experiment in a ‘safe’ environment where both self-expression and self-esteem will be enhanced. Art is valued for its contribution to developing a child's cultural engagement, personal development and creativity. We believe that artistic experience fuels imagination and, in turn, imagination fuels creativity. We follow the Kapow Primary Art and Design programme which supports pupils to meet the National Curriculum requirements and aims to inspire pupils and develop their confidence. It is designed by experts, regularly revised and meets the National Society for Education in Art and Design’s progression competencies.
We work to ensure that a Woodford artist will have the confidence, experiences, skills and knowledge to express themselves in a variety of media without fear of 'making mistakes’ or ‘getting it wrong’ as they will understand that the creation of art in itself is contributing to their cultural engagement, personal development and creativity.