At Gateway School, we encourage all pupils to develop their creativity and imagination in art and design by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes.
In Key stage 1, pupils begin to explore and experiment with colour, shape, pattern and texture to represent their ideas and feelings. During Key Stage 2, pupils develop their creativity and imagination through more complex activities. These help to build on their skills and improve their control of materials, tools and techniques. We have visiting artists and craft workers who work alongside pupils and give pupils firsthand experience of the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in the environment. We have themed art weeks where parents are encouraged to get involved through workshops and use our atrium gallery to display artwork in a variety of scale and media. Pupils in year 2 and year 5 visit the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
Most classes from Year 1 to Year 6 follow the Art Express scheme of work. Children follow practical sessions of work; drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, digital media, collage and textiles. Pupils are able to explore ideas and creativity, develop art skills and processes, evaluate and plan work and investigate art across different times and cultures. Children in the Foundation stage follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum.
How parents can help
There is a wealth of free museums and galleries to visit in London as well as public buildings and sculptures around the city. Parents are also encouraged to teach art and craft making skills to their children; from sewing, knitting to model making with scrap materials.