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Artsmark Award

As a school we have been awarded the Silver Artsmark Award by Arts Council England.  The Artsmark Award is a valuable tool for enriching the schools arts provision and ensuring the many benefits brought by the arts are infused across the curriculum and the school community. We have successfully shown that the seven Quality principles set by the Arts Council England are reflected by our school:

  1. Striving for excellence and innovation
  2. Being authentic
  3. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging
  4. Ensuring a positive and inclusive experience
  5. Actively involving children and young people
  6. Enabling personal progression
  7. Developing belonging and ownership

 

On achieving this award the assessment panel recognise that all children in our school are offered equal opportunity to participate in a broad range of arts and cultural experiences, and made the following comment:

"The panel were pleased to read of the many positive impacts your Artsmark journey has had on your school and pupils such as improved vocabulary amongst Reception pupils and staff becoming more confident in their teaching of 3D art. The panel noted the positive change in your school's Equality Action Plan which now outlines the range of arts and culture opportunities to be made available to your pupils."

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Curriculum

This year, Year 1 children will be learning to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination and to learn about the work of a range of artists.

Year 2 will be looking at the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and discipline, and making links to their own work.

 

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The children are encouraged to be spontaneously creative, using a variety of media and techniques in art. An awareness of colour, shape and textures is developed through a variety of materials and techniques. The study of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers complements this work.

 

You can help your children understand the different techniques and skills they have been working on in school by talking to them about it. You can encourage them to explain to you how they created their art work, how  it started off, why they chose the colours they used and how their art work links to other areas of learning.

 

Colouring and drawing activities can be a lot of fun and keep your children quiet for hours! They help to develop good pencil control, an awareness of colour and different colouring techniques such as lines, shading and patterns. Why not get your child to draw different objects around the house – observational drawing can develop children’s concentration and given them an eye for detail.

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