A Bunbury Artist
Bunbury ‘Artists’ let their light shine brightly.....
Article 29: Children’s education should develop each child’s personality, talents and abilities to the fullest. It should encourage children to respect others, human rights and their own and other cultures. It should also help them learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Our Curriculum Policy details our intent behind our curriculum, how we implement it and our desired impact. At RCSAT, the school curriculum consists of all those activities designed or encouraged within its organisational framework to provide the intellectual, emotional, personal, social, spiritual and physical development of all its pupils. It includes not only the subject specific curriculum but also the ‘informal’ programme of enrichment and extra-curricular activities.
The curriculum at RCSAT, is firmly rooted in and stems directly from our Vision, Mission and Core Values;
Our Vision – ‘Let your Light shine’ Matthew v5:16
Our Mission – ‘A Caring Christian Family Where We Grow Together’
Our Core Values –
WE aim to create an enjoyable, inclusive, safe and nurturing environment that allows all children to develop spiritually, morally and socially.
– every child is a child of God, made to contribute to our world.
WE aim to create an inspiring environment, which encourages enthusiasm for lifelong learning and establishes an expectation of high standards.
– knowing the way, showing the way and going the way.
WE aim to encourage caring, sensitive and inclusive attitudes where individuals feel secure, valued and respected by others.
– like Jesus showed us through his teachings
WE aim to provide a broad and connected curriculum which challenges and develops the potential of each child.
– as Jesus needed his disciples to support and guide, so we look to others with more knowledge
WE aim to develop a positive relationship between home, school and our wider community
- as a family – as brothers and sisters
As artists, we 'Let our lights shine' by becoming enthusiastic, curious, indpendent thinkers. Motivated, reflective and resilient learners
Art has a high profile in our school here at Bunbury. Our commitment allows children with a huge range of abilities and needs to connect creatively and emotionally, in turn supporting them to progress both personally and academically. At Bunbury, we encourage and celebrate a love of Art, there are no boundaries. In line with the Church of England's role, we aim to contribute to the common good of the whole community. We are dedicated to expanding learning into the community to involve, include and fully appreciate the world around us.
Our pupils engage with Art through immersing them with relevant, fun and meaningful high-quality experiences across the whole of the curriculum. This full understanding enables them to become experts in their subject and allow them to creatively explore new ideas and bring the topic to life. Art is explored using a variety of media, where children can investigate new and alternative techniques and styles from a range of artists. Sketch books are incorporated in key stage two to record experiences and imagination so that pupils have space to develop ideas and demonstrate how their artistic ability has progressed.
Pupils are also encouraged to identify different kinds of art through the work of artists, craftspeople, and designers in both contemporary life and in different times and cultures.
An aesthetically pleasing environment for learning encourages children to value their own work and the work of others; display around school is therefore an important feature.
Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers who have had an impact on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures.
The objectives of art and design are:
- to enable children to record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
- to develop creativity and imagination through a range of activities;
- to improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools and techniques;
- to increase their critical awareness of the purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
- to develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
- to foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts, and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers.
Curriculum structure & sequencing
Our curriculum is progressively sequenced so that core skills relating to drawing colour and sculpture are developed over time. Interwoven within are wider skills such as textile art, painting and pastel work. We aim for children to build on key skills and apply them to new media and techniques term after term and year after year.
Content & concepts
We study not just techniques, but artists also and have deliberately selected a wide ranging and diverse set of artists to study in order to complement our culture and the values we wish to achieve at Bunbury Aldersey. We study local artists, those from further afield, famous and not so famous individuals as we wish the focus to be on the creativity of the media as opposed to the infamy of the name.
Enrichment and personal development:
We adorn our school walls with our creations and showcase our artists talents wherever possible to evidence learning. We carry out whole school projects throughout each class, creating individual and group artworks to convey meaning. We supplement this through additional enrichment activities such as visits from artists, extra-curricular art clubs and school trips with an arts focus.
Assessment and next steps
We appreciate children will have a wide range of artistic skills and as such we encourage individual development within each child. All children have sketchbook which moves throughout school with them, in which they practice and apply artistic skills. We do not assess solely on end pieces within art, and such sketchbook skill work is used to ascertain a child’s grasp of the core skills being taught.
Key to assessment is also meaning and justification behind the piece. Building on children’s oracy,we place great value in forming assessments from children’s ability to critique their own artistic work, articulating and justifying their own application of methods taught against a brief.