Creativity takes courage
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we aim to encourage children to express themselves in a creative and imaginative manner allowing them to be curious, inspired and self-expressive. Children learn key skills of drawing, painting, printing, textiles and digital art. Throughout our high-quality Art and Design education (following the national curriculum), children are challenged to be reflective and evaluative of their work by thinking critically. From their starting points we aim for all children to access Art and Design at Bolsover C of E Junior School. This will provide the foundations needed to support the transition into secondary school and beyond. At Bolsover, we aim for the children to have an understanding of how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. We want our children to use the local area as inspiration, to learn from other cultures and to respect diversity. It is paramount that artwork be purposeful; be this as a means of expression or to explore the styles of other artists that inspire our own work. To that end, we have carefully selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers and designers for children to study.
The subject co-ordinator for Art and Design in school is Miss Abbie Jepson, who can be contacted on 01246 822324, or via our school email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Art and Design nominated governor is Mrs Sarah Tew who can be contacted via the same contacts above.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high-quality art and design education should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Art offers opportunities for social development. Working in groups allows children to learn from each other and to share ideas and feelings. Art helps them to develop a respect for the abilities of other children and encourages collaboration.
Art supports spiritual development by introducing children to the work of great Artists and experiencing wonder and awe at the achievements of these great works of art. They also experience great admiration and respect for their peers’ work when they see the level of achievement and progress.
Art supports moral development by encouraging mutual respect and the consideration for others’ work. Pupils are encouraged to show compassion when assessing the work of others through, understanding how their comments can build up or destroy another’s self- belief.
Art and Design supports social development because children frequently required to work in pairs, groups or teams collaboratively. Children often work collaboratively requiring cooperation and communication linking to the values of trust and compassion.
Art supports cultural development work by enabling children to study art involving various cultures and civilizations from around the world. They lead to a greater understanding of different ways of life and a respect for cultures that are very different from our own; how they can enrich our own lives. The fusion of art work between our own and other cultures leads to pupils incorporating designs, patterns and motifs in their own work developed by a deeper understanding of the culture.
Collaborative work in Art and Design develops mutual respect for the differing opinions, beliefs and abilities of others. In addition, children develop a respect for the environment, for their own health and safety and that of others. They learn to appreciate the value of similarities and differences and learn to show tolerance. A variety of experiences teaches them to appreciate that all people – and their views – are equally important. Children are encouraged to work in a democratic way, exercising the ‘give and take’ required for successful teamwork.
At Bolsover Church of England Junior School, we strive to educate our children on the importance of understanding the world that they are growing up in, and learn how to live alongside, and show respect for, a diverse range of people. Through ‘teachable moments’ in our curriculum, we aim to eliminate discrimination, harassment, victimisation and any other conduct that is prohibited by or under the Equality Act 2010. We are determined to advance equality of opportunity between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it and foster good relations between persons who share a relevant protected characteristic and persons who do not share it thus evolving all children’s personal development regardless of outside influences.
The Formal Elements
Assessment in Art and Design
As with all areas of the curriculum, assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Class teachers should keep records of work carried out, and levels of achievement of the work. Photographs are a useful tool to keep, as a reminder of pupil’s achievement.
Formative assessment is used to guide the process of individual pupils in Art and Design. It involves identifying each child’s progress in each aspect of the curriculum, determining what each child has learnt and what should therefore be the next step in their learning. Formative assessment is mostly carried out informally by the teachers in the course of their teaching and should be based on the identified assessment opportunities. Children’s progress in Art and Design is reported to parents through the pupil annual report and consultation meetings throughout the year.
Careers in Art and Design
Careers in art and design are all about creating things, which are appealing to the eye. Careers in art and design can span many different specialist areas.
The teaching and learning of art and design supports careers, such as:
Useful links and websites for Art and Design
Gallery - Evidence In School