The art curriculum at St. Andrew’s is designed to encourage creativity and personal expression. Through stand alone and cross-curricular units, We understand the importance of inspiring an appreciation of art. We do this by teaching our children about great artists, designers and craft makers. These may be linked to other curriculum areas.
We encourage creativity in sketchbooks, which are used gather information, explore and develop skills. These also form a record of skills and knowledge gained over the six years at St. Andrew's.
To provide a broad and rich artistic experience, we also offer additional art opportunities through a range of art trips, visits, clubs and projects across the school year.
Arts Week takes place across the 3 key stages and incorporates a wide range of expressive and performing arts. We book artists-in-residence to work alongside the children, demonstrating skills, expertise and a passion for the arts. Every child is given the opportunity to become fully immersed in the creative curriculum through a carefully designed program of lessons.
National Portrait Gallery Y3
Tate Britain Y4
Tate Modern Y6
Art Clubs take place after school for children in KS1 and KS2. A range of skills are developed as the children enjoy working with paints, clay and collage.
At St. Andrew’s, we value Design Technology, as part of our aim to ensure our pupils receive a broad and balanced curriculum. We use cross-curricular links to support Design Technology units and ensure the subject elements of Design, Make and Evaluate are fully taught. In every unit, we try to design something, for somebody, for some purpose.
Some units include:
Design, Make and Evaluate bread
(Science link on Food and History link to The Great Fire of London)
Design and Make and Evaluate an erupting volcano using Modroc or clay
(Geography link on Volcanoes)
Design, Make and Evaluate a t shirt logo using sewing and stitching techniques
(Geography link on Clothes)
For our older pupils, we take part in yearly STEAM competitions, organised by the Borough. Here, pupils are given the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively on a range of given tasks, using mechanical, electrical and computing systems.
Cooking Club takes place for 5 weeks at a time; each session involves preparing and cooking a different type of food. These have included baking bread, making pizzas and smoothies.
Knitters are invited to learn how to knit a square, in order to make a blanket for a local charity.