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 children, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As children 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.
Throughout key stage one, children are taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products and to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.
They learn how to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, as well as how to describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work.
Someries Infant School was awarded the Artsmark Gold Award on 9th February 2018 in recognition of our commitment to arts and cultural education.
The Arts Council England panel made the following comments in response to our submission for Artsmark:
The panel was impressed by your school’s commitment to the value of the arts for the very young. You have developed your provision, engaging arts specialists in music and art, with teachers benefiting from the professional development they have offered. Your teachers’ confidence in planning their own ‘Take One Picture’ materials is admirable, as is your use of art projects to foster cultural identity and inclusion, engaging with the wider community along with your work with a local charity for the elderly. Your pupils are given opportunities for independent creativity in your atelier and for responsibility in the woodwork shop.
Going forward, the Arts Award and the children’s curation of their own gallery, both mentioned in the Statement of Commitment, would be good developments, as would the further development of ways of evidencing the impact of the arts within the wider curriculum. The continuing development of partnerships with arts specialists and organisations will contribute to teachers’ professional development and help you to embed the arts across the curriculum.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!
As a Gold Artsmark school, Arts Council England celebrates your commitment to arts and cultural education at a leadership level and the opportunities embedded across your provision. Your children and young people have equal opportunity to plan, experience, participate in, and evaluate a diverse range of high-quality arts and cultural activities and you recognise the importance of development opportunities delivered by specialists for your staff in these areas. You engage with a range of arts and cultural organisations and can evidence the positive impact of these partnerships. Your children and young people have an opportunity to further develop their knowledge, skills and understanding of arts and culture and you are working to share the expertise you have established.