Art is the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. Children will leave Halterworth with a range of art skills, which will ensure they can continue to develop their creative abilities.
At Halterworth we promote a passion for art, which will allow all children to be inspired by art that they encounter in the wider world and develop an appreciation for the wide variety of different mediums. Art learning is carefully mapped and builds on previous learning. It is a mixture of discretely taught units and some cross-curricular links. For example, the children will be given opportunities to create pieces of art based on their focus book in English lessons. At the end of Key Stage 2, pupils at Halterworth will be able to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, and use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. They will be able to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space. Children will use sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas. Through practical work, children will select resources, test ideas and choose ways to solve problems. Children evaluate their work and the work of others against success criteria, considering the effectiveness of the methods and resources used, and responding to constructive feedback from others. As well as practical work, children will be taught about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work. These objectives and expectations are mapped by year group and term. For example, Year 2 will use painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination. This will also appear in other year groups but in a progressive and age appropriate manner. The overall aim is to ensure all children within Halterworth Primary School receive a high quality art provision which is constructive and expansive.
Throughout the year the children have opportunities to take part in art outside the classroom; enter competitions, creating work for displays and through events. A group of children from different year groups recently contributed to a sculpture project with Sir Harold Hillier Gardens. At Halterworth, links with the local secondary school are used to enrich learning. For example, in the Autumn Term art leaders and an art teacher from the Mountbatten School run a workshop with children from Halterworth which involves making lanterns that are then displayed in the Romsey Lantern Parade in December.