ART AND DESIGN AT BRIGSTOCK SCHOOL
Forward thinking and creative, valuing faith, tradition, community and achievement.
We aim to be a nurturing, creative school at the heart of our community, where all are enabled to achieve their best. We celebrate our differences, we value each individual and we encourage kindness and respect from all.
Our Christian values underpin all our learning, and the depth and breadth of our curriculum enriches our children and enables them to embrace ‘Life in all its Fullness’. (John 10:10)
We aim to teach a high quality art and design curriculum that inspires and challenges our children in all year groups, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, develop and create their own works of art, craft and design. They are enabled to think critically and develop a rigorous understanding of art and design, including an understanding of how art and design reflect and shape our history and contribute positively to the nation’s culture, creativity and wealth
We teach skills very explicitly, from EYFS to Y6, often to link with units of work being studied. We have identified key skills and concepts within all key stages to ensure that children are challenged and have the chance to develop as artists and designers.
Children have the opportunity to develop ideas through an artistic process, and to master skills with a range of media and techniques. The school has developed portfolios to ensure that all staff understand the skills progression, and to help them to develop the skill and ability to challenge and inspire the children.
Every opportunity is taken to use the work of great artists, past and present, in order to learn and master artistic processes. A range of artists are used as inspiration, to help children to develop their own skills and style, and to evaluate and learn from the work of others.
As a school, we recognise the important contribution that art and design can make to so many other areas of the curriculum. To this end, our art curriculum is integral to other subjects- for example, our children illustrate their work when they publish story books, they learn about artists who are relevant within units of work in History and Geography, and they observe carefully and draw technically within Science and DT.
We also recognise the impact of Art on mental health and well-being, and we have created areas around the school where children can paint for enjoyment. The new outdoor space includes outdoor art activities for the children to enjoy, and quiet, reflective spaces where the children can sit quietly, observe nature and draw and paint. Painting and drawing outdoors is a key feature of our curriculum and we believe in providing children with natural inspiration as well as teacher-led experiences.
We also encourage a range of approaches. We aim to develop individual skills but also recognise the importance of working together to achieve shared outcomes. We share and celebrate all art achievements within school, through photographs, newsletters, displays and even Gallery Events. Our work has been shared more widely in newspapers, magazines and in Art Galleries. In October 2019 we won the Group Award for our school entry into the Open 19 competition, and we believe that we have really encouraged a creative approach to Art that enables our children to develop skills, confidence and passion for the subject, and enables all children to achieve their best.
As a school, we believe in valuing the achievements of our children in all areas of the curriculum, and we celebrate the achievements of our children in Art, recognising that this is a subject that can lead to so many opportunities in the future. At the End-of Year Celebration of Achievement, we have awards for achievement and progress in Art, and we also recognise dedication to the subject through contribution to Art within the curriculum, within Day 10:10 and at the School Art Club.
Many of our Art outcomes impact on our local community, and the school contributes shared Art displays to the village throughout the year. We believe our Art curriculum impacts positively on individuals, and our intention is that it has a far-reaching impact that extends beyond the school day and the school boundaries.
“The Artwork on the bank has inspired the whole village to remember. It is beautiful, thought-provoking and respectful. Thank you, Brigstock School.” (Village resident)
“Thank you for inspiring my child to draw and paint, and for valuing her achievements in this area. I believe that, as a result, this may well be her future career.” (School parent)
“The Lost Words Gallery was truly amazing. I don’t think I have ever seen such a wonderful display of artwork at a Primary School.” (Former head teacher)
“I am amazed at the quality of artwork that the children have achieved.” (Parent)
“I love Art and I believe that I will be an artist or an illustrator. I love that my school has encouraged me and made me believe that I can do really well with my Art.”
Our school aims to promote the personal development of pupils, providing rich and meaningful art experiences as part of the school and wider curriculum. We aim to provide opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests in all aspects of the art curriculum, and we recognise achievements in all aspects of Art.
Brigstock School Art Curriculum: ‘Life in all its Fullness.’