At Hallam we strongly believe that art stimulates creativity, imagination and inventiveness. Art gives our pupils the skills, concepts and knowledge necessary for them to express responses to ideas and experiences. Art should enable the children to communicate what they see, feel and think. Children should experiment with their ideas, their use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Self-evaluation of work is also an important part of art and a valuable skill which we develop in our pupils. We record in a variety of ways to help the children develop their ideas and to show progression in their artistic ability and skills. The end product is celebrated through displaying work creatively in classrooms and corridors or during our celebration days when parents are invited in. We encourage children to work on their own and collaborating with others on projects in two and three dimensions and on small and large scales. Art is not solely taught in a designated Art lesson, but wherever appropriate it is linked to topics and the wider curriculum. We use our special whole school curriculum days to bring in a love of art, and create whole school displays. Children also explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists. We invite specialist artists in to work with the children, to inspire them and challenge their thinking and creativity. At Hallam we recognise the importance of the children learning art skills linked to ICT. Opportunities are created for the children to develop their use of a range of tools, media and processes through ICT. Our art curriculum is enriched through the delivery of a high quality out of school hours after school club. During this time the children enjoy exploring a range of art and have the opportunity to enter their work into local competitions.