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 proud to announce that we are working towards our Artsmark award which is awarded by the Arts Council. The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. The Arts Council support settings to develop and celebrate their commitment to arts and cultural education.
Over the next 12 months 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 and dance clubs and events, including the recent Schools' Gotta Dance show at Crewe Lyceum Theatre. Coming soon in the next half term we will be demonstrating a range of artistic experiences in our arts week leading up to the Queen's Jubilee.
To find out more about Artsmark, go to www.artsmark.org.uk.