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.
In order to deliver our curriculum we follow the Access Arts programme of study https://www.accessart.org.uk/. This has been adapted to suit our mixed age classes and ensure progression across the school whilst maintaining a broad coverage of the different art applications. In the files below you will see how our curriculum has been mapped out.
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.
We have already begun to raise the profile of the Arts within the school and are enjoying engaging the children with a range of opportunities to support their creativity. We are already very busy with our art and dance clubs, events, competitions and exhibitions, including the Jubilee Arts Week, Schools' Gotta Dance show, Coronation bench competition and RCA Young Artists Competition and New Vic art exhibition.
In December 2022, we took part in an exhibition at the new Vic Theatre in Newcastle-under-lyme and produced a collaborative piece based on the theme of Alice in Wonderland. We were also lucky enough to see the theatre production in the round!
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.
RCA Young Artist's Exhibition 2023
We are so proud of Jacob Bromley (Y3) who made it through to the online exhibition this year out of the 20 pieces of work submitted for the school this year. Fantastic work Jacob!! Please visit the online gallery here:
Art Gallery Visits 2022-23
In the summer term 2023, classes 2 and 3 visited 'The Tate Modern' and 'The Walker Gallery' in Liverpool. They enjoyed looking at the various art forms and loved sketching them in their sketch books.
The Arts Leader is trained in the delivery of Arts Award- 'Discover' and 'Explore'. Over the spring and summer terms 2023, a group of children in Y5/6 worked with the Art Leader to work through the Art 'Explore' programme. The programme encouraged children to study and work on two forms of art, learn about artists and organisations and create a final piece of work. When the course was completed, the children shared their work with others in an assembly or small group. Along the way the children recorded and evidenced their journey, which was later sent for external moderation in June 2023. All of the children were successful in gaining their qualification in 'Art Explore' - Congratulations to them all!!
Arts Week June 2023
The children were excited to join in with our 'Access All Arts' Arts week last June. Over the period of the week the children took part in a range of activities that encompassed photography, drama, singing and visual arts. Here are a few words from the children:
- "I enjoyed the photography because it tricked people into thinking they were bigger than they are".
- "We were trying new ways how to act. This really helped with my confidence and skills".
- "I liked the singing because we got active as well!
The children were also lucky enough to work with a visiting artist, William Ashley-Norman from 'Chickenwired". William worked across the school with the children to create their own chicken wire sculpture. The children very much enjoyed the activity and the outcomes were fantastic!! Here are a few words from the children:
- "It was really fun learning new things and how to make things from chicken wire".
- "I liked cutting the wire, it was hard but good. I liked adding the tissue paper".
- "It was really, really fun. Getting the tissue paper in the middle was the hardest part. I enjoyed it".