We are currently working towards Bronze Artsmark accreditation.
What is the Artsmark Award?
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. They support settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.
- Build young people’s confidence, character and resilience through arts and cultural education
- Use Artsmark’s clear and flexible framework to embed creativity across your whole curriculum and use it to address school improvement priorities
- Celebrate our long-term commitment to cultural education with pupils, parents and your local community
Who’s Artsmark for?
Artsmark is open to primary, secondary and special schools, pupil referral units, youth offending teams and sixth form colleges.
As Artsmark is an Arts Council England programme, only settings in England (including BFPO schools) are eligible to register.
What are we doing?
We have committed to participate in or complete several projects by the end of 2020. Each one is listed as an Action Point
Action Point 1: We want to ensure staff and governors ‘buy in’ to Artsmark
Outcome: Governors and staff are aware of Artsmark leading to a ‘whole-school’ approach.
Action Point 2: We want to analyse current provision.
Outcome: We identified areas of strength and areas of need so we could plan provision to address them.
Action Point 3: We want to integrate the arts into all parts of the curriculum.
Outcome: The new curriculum, enriched by the arts, was launched in September 2019, resulting in all children having additional access to the arts. This has ensured that the desired outcomes of the School Improvement Plan were achieved as teachers plan accordingly.
Action Point 4: We want to give pupils the opportunity to model with clay.
Outcome: Sculpting with clay has been introduced via the new art curriculum and Sculpture is taught in every year group. Every child in KS2 participated in an Art week project led by a visiting artist. The theme was recycling and children recycled a range of plastic materials to make under water scenes. A selected group of children also got to model with Modroc. They designed then created an underwater creature which has been displayed with the other work that was made during the week.
Action Point 5: We want to give pupils the opportunity to use a range of digital media to create a piece of work
Plan: We will identify programmes or apps for iPads or Chromebooks which can be used to create music or visual art (either something which can be printed or viewed on a screen). Staff will learn how to use the software then teach the children how to use it. Finished projects will be showcased to stakeholders.
Expected outcomes: Every child produces a piece of music or artwork using a computer.
Outcomes achieved: Children from Year 6 were supported by students from Warwick University for an afternoon in using Scratch, a piece of animation software, at an advanced level. Teachers have had training in using a range of animation software to enable them to embellish the computing curriculum
Action Point 6: We will put on an event at a local secondary school
Plan: We will put on an event in collaboration with other local schools to celebrate Wood End.
Expected outcomes: Children will perform for parents. This will include performance of poetry, music and drama and their art work will be displayed at the venue. Children will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with their peers from other local schools.
Outcomes achieved: Grace Academy have agreed for us to make use of their 200 seat hall to host the event towards the end of the Summer Term 2020.
We have also appointed some pupils as Junior Arts Councillors; Layla and Amy (Year 6) and Eden Year 5. They attend regular meetings with pupils from other schools and have selected two projects of their own – producing a ‘whole school’ embroidery or tapestry which every class contributes to and giving children more access to digital technology to enable them to produce animations. To date (March 2020) each class has made a start on their tapestry / embroidery / needlework. They will then provide a 20cm square for inclusion on a blanket which will feature work from every class in KS1 and KS2. This is scheduled to be completed by May 2020. The other project that they selected is for pupils to make more use of digital animation software. This overlaps with Action Point 5.
Y3 at Think Tank:
On Wednesday 12th February, Year 3 visited the Think Tank in Birmingham for their Highly Sprung Inspiration day. The children were separated into three groups and worked in different areas of the museum to learn all about the heart and how to keep it healthy. They were treated to a performance, which explored how we can keep our hearts healthy. The children found the museum truly fascinating and enjoyed learning more about the human body - some children were brave enough to watch a video of open heart surgery too!
Sculptor in Key Stage 2:
On Tuesday 11th – Thursday 14th February, our Key Stage 2 children worked with a specialist artist (Angela) to develop their creative skills and design their own sea themed creatures. Some of our most talented artists worked with Angela to create a large model of a sea creature out of Modroc. Then all of the children designed and created their own fishy creature out of a small water bottle. The children thoroughly enjoyed designing their creatures and the results look amazing. Angela has now created a permanent display out of the children’s creations, with the largest sea creature as an impressive centrepiece. Next time you are in school, do take a moment to look out for this display.