At Stoke Park Infant School we believe in giving every child a well-balanced and enjoyable curriculum which aims to engage, inspire, and challenge. Art, craft and design embodies some of the highest forms of human creativity and at Stoke Park we strive to give pupils plenty of opportunities to search and develop their own ideas through a safe and encouraging environment.
Over their school career at Stoke Park, we endeavour to give children the time to teach them progressive skills and for them to have the confidence to experiment with their ideas, by providing them with inspiring topics, challenges and opportunities to explore the works of famous artists. As they progress pupils should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also begin to understand that art and design has helped to shape our history, as well as contributed to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
During their time at Stoke Park Infant School, children will develop their skills in the areas of drawing, colour, texture, form, printing, and pattern, through their topics of learning. Each year group work closely together to ensure skills are being taught in progression, and this is then shared with Year 3 when they move onto the Junior School.
Children are given opportunities to utilise the outside environment and are encouraged to express their ideas in different ways. We are fortunate to have the beautiful woods on our doorstep and make good use of its inspiring landscape by taking children for sketching and collecting and sorting natural resources for sculpture, weaving and collage.
Art is especially vital for children’s wellbeing and provides them with opportunities for mindfulness, stress relief and for building their confidence. A lot of children naturally choose to engage in creative activities and at Stoke Park we believe it is our responsibility to nurture and cultivate this enjoyment through a rich and varied art and design curriculum.