At Hanover, we believe that Art is a vital part of children’s education and has a significant and valuable role in the taught curriculum, as well as offering essential enrichment opportunities.
We are fortunate enough to have a part-time specialist art teacher who teaches in all classes from Year 1-6.
We provide pupils with a broad, balanced and progressive Art curriculum. We often art lessons directly to the current topics, but also teach stand-alone skills where necessary. The basis of our model is centred around six fundamental skills in art: drawing, colour, texture, form, printing and pattern. These are mapped across each year group to ensure progression from the Early Years to Year 6.
The curriculum also develops the children’s critical abilities so they learn to understand their own work and the work of other artists. We want to nurture children’s confidence in their artistic ability, and to teach them to value originality in art. Our location means we are able to make use of the wealth of art galleries across London. All classes from Year 1 – 6 have the opportunity to visit an art gallery each year.
We exhibit a range of children’s art work in our staircase ‘Hanover Gallery’. The exhibits are changed regularly and showcase the range of stimuli, techniques and skills that the children are learning.
Hanover currently has an artist-in-residence, Lily Hawkes, who is in school one day per week. She works individually or with pairs of children from across Key Stage 2. The children put on an end-of-year exhibition of their fantastic project-based work.
Art in the Early Years
Children in the early years develop their art and design skills through the Expressive Arts & Design strand of the EYFS. There are two aspects to this strand, exploring and using media and materials and being imaginative. Children are provided with a wide range of materials (such as drawing, painting, modelling and woodwork) which are accessible to them all of the time. They are taught skills and techniques and they are introduced to simple tools. Children are encouraged to explore their own ideas through different media and through different representations. We use nature, art, music and stories to provide stimulus and expand imaginations. Children learn to plan, adapt and evaluate their creative work and to talk about and share their ideas.