At Woore Primary and Nursery School we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in art and design lessons. Our principal aim is to develop the children’s knowledge, skills and understanding in art and design. We ensure that the act of investigating and making something includes exploring and developing ideas, and evaluating and developing work. We do this best through a mixture of whole-class teaching and individual/group activities. Teachers draw attention to good examples of individual performance as models for the other children. They encourage children to evaluate their own ideas and methods, and the work of others, and say what they think and feel about them. Children are exposed to a wide range of significant artists across the year. We give children the opportunity within lessons to work on their own and collaborate with others, on projects in two and three dimensions and on different scales. Children also have the opportunity to use a wide range of materials and resources, including ICT.
Art and Design is highlighted on the long- term overview, progression documents and on medium term and weekly plans. This ensures that the children are exposed to a variety of techniques and differing media through a range of experiences including drawing, digital media, painting, printing, textiles, 3-D sculpture and collage.
We are very pleased to announce that we have now officially begun our Artsmark journey at Woore Primary and Nursery School. The Artsmark award is the only creative quality standard for schools and educational settings, accredited by Arts Council England. The Arts Council support settings to develop and celebrate their committment to arts and cultural education.
Our Statement of Commitment sets out how we plan to achieve the award within the next two years.
We will need to:
- Deliver our goals and objectives and develop our arts and cultural provision;
- Evaluate the Artsmark journey we have been on;
- Write and submit our Statement of Impact. This is the final formal submission to Artsmark and should evidence the impact of our Artsmark journey against our Statement of Commitment.
Once this is completed, our Statement of Impact will be assessed by the Arts Council.
Over the next two years we will be raising the profile of the Arts within the school and are looking forward to engaging the children with a range of opportunities to support their creativity. We are already well on our way with our art, drama and dance clubs and events, including the Schools' Gotta Dance show at Crewe Lyceum Theatre and our Jubilee Arts week. We have also commenced an Arts Award programme for children in Y5/6 to work towards an accredited qualification through the Art Explore programme.
School's Gotta Dance Show
Alice in Wonderland Exhibition
We have exhibited our collaborative school art work in the New Vic Theatre School's exhibition which was based on the theme of 'Alice in Wonderland' which we were all lucky enough to see at the theatre.
We have national competitions coming up soon, including the King's Commemorative Bench competition and Royal Academy of Arts, Young Artist's Show.
Our staff have attended training in drama and sketchbook work and the art coordinator is now trained to deliver the Arts Award programmes. We have a dedicated Arts Governor to oversee the work the school is doing in this area.
We are excited to be embarking upon this exciting initiative to ensure that children enjoy a wide range of arts activities.
To find out more about Artsmark, go to www.artsmark.org.uk.