Beamish Primary School

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Art & Design

Beamish and Pelton Federation believes that art engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. Our federation encourages pupils’ curiosity and creativity, allowing them to think critically and develop a thorough understanding of art, and its place in the world, including how it reflects our history and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

Art and Design in EYFS

Through Expressive Arts children are encouraged to explore different media, explore how media can be combined to create different effects and develop a range of skills and techniques experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function. Children are given daily access to a range of creative opportunities and enjoy our carefully planned and well resourced creative areas both indoors and out. Children are encouraged to create on both small and large scales and our outdoor environment supports this well. Children are encouraged to develop their communication and language skills through talking about their creations and sharing these with others to build confidence and raise self-esteem.

Art and Design in KS1 and KS2

Across the primary Art curriculum, children learn about a range of artists and topics to build upon their skills every year. Please see below for further information about our Art curriculum and the progression of skills we teach in each area.

Children's work

Art’s Week

Each year in October, we have Art’s week, where as a Federation, we choose a specific theme and artist and create some fantastic work from this. We then come together to share and celebrate one another’s work in our Art assembly, before displaying our creativity on our school displays. It is always a super fun week as children really enjoy developing their on artistic style and showing their work off to others in a gallery style event!

Last year, in light of the pandemic, our theme was COVID-19. Each class focused on a different aspect of the virus and used a range of media to create the following work.

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