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Diamond Wood Community Academy

Art

Our Art vision is to creatively explore ideas through experimentation

At Diamond Wood Community Academy children explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media. We value the use of sketch books and encourage the importance of experimentation, exploration and pushing ideas in imaginative ways.

 

We enjoy displaying art around school showing a diverse range of styles, media and cultures.  We also love to use the creative artefacts to enhance our learning across the curriculum.

 

Our curriculum is enriched by inviting artists in to school to work with children and staff.  We like to celebrate Art with a whole school event, ‘Creative Week’ this event happens annually and the children are able to enjoy a whole week full of creative activities which they can explore and flourish, these activities include art, dance, music and drama.

 

We also have an Arts Council in school, they help manage and support events in school, perform assemblies in front on the whole school and organise and judge creative competitions held for pupils within our school.

We will provide children with rich, vocabulary based and ‘hands on’ Art lessons

At Diamond Wood Community Academy, Art is valued greatly as part of our holistic, bespoke curriculum. The subject is considered a key area of learning and as a school we are proud to currently hold the Silver Artsmark award. We are dedicated to enabling children to explore, express and analyse Art with the aim of supporting them to become independent learners as they progress on their learning journey.

 

Our school serves a community where 98% of the children have English as an additional language. Language and ‘hands on’, practical experiences are therefore at the heart of all that we do and is an integral part to our teaching of the Arts. By the time children leave us at the end of Year 2, we want them to be able to independently and confidently apply the skills they have been taught throughout their time here with us.

 

We pride ourselves on providing our pupils with as many meaningful experiences as possible during their time with us. Children are introduced to numerous creative experiences each half term and these are progressively built upon each year. There have been many successful topics implemented so far, such as Nursery’s ‘Into the Night’, Reception’s ‘Ravensthorpe’, Year 1’s, ‘Georgia O’Keefe’ and Year 2’s, ‘Edward Tinga Tinga’. 

 

As a school we provide many opportunities to enrich our curriculum, exposing children to a wide range of craft, art and design activities. We have strong links with local culture in our area and annually hold a dedicated ‘Art’s week’ where we collaboratively work alongside local artists, dance groups, musicians and performing arts specialists to enable our children to take part in an authentic, quality experience of the ‘Arts’.

 

At Diamond Wood Community Academy children explore and develop their skills and creativity using a wide range of media. We value the use of sketch books and encourage the importance of experimentation, exploration and pushing ideas in imaginative ways.

 

We enjoy and encourage the displaying of art work around school, showing a diverse range of styles, media and cultures.  We also love to use creative artefacts to enhance our learning across the curriculum.

 

We have chosen to have an Arts Council in school, who help manage and support events in school as well as preparing and delivering assemblies. They also regularly organise and judge creative competitions.

'This world is but a canvas to our imagination.'

Henry David Thoreau

 

Take part in some fun activities and learn how to draw some of your favourite cartoon characters using only letters and numbers. Click on the links below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/muffalopotato

http://www.robbiddulph.com/draw-with-rob

 

'A picture is worth a thousand words.'

Napoleon Bonaparte

 

Primary National Curriculum - Art and Design

PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Art_and_design.pdf

Art Position Statement

At Diamond Wood Community Academy, our main focus for the year in terms of our Art curriculum is to review current content and coverage, ensuring progression of knowledge and skills throughout school, from Nursery to Year Two.

 

All teaching staff and educational teaching assistants in school will be working hard over the year to develop their own subject knowledge and gain a clearer understanding of the skills and knowledge taught within each year group and how this progresses. They will develop their understanding of the EYFS: Expressive Arts and Design. They will understand how these areas of learning form firm foundations for Art as children progress into Key Stage One.

 

Over the year we will be auditing and reviewing the resources available in school to support teaching and learning with the aim of ensuring new, high-quality resources are available to enhance the delivery of our curriculum.

 

We have swiftly identified the gaps created in children’s Creative knowledge and understanding due to COVID-19 school closures. The topics covered this year aim to address any lost learning whilst still challenging children and exposing them to age related learning expectations.

 

As a school and as a subject, we are working hard to ensure our children receive a rich and varied exposure to key vocabulary. In order to support this, teachers are now encouraged to add a ‘Creative vocabulary we will learn today’ section into all Art lessons.

 

To enhance learning we intend to plan bespoke Art lessons for our children linking to topics being taught in our school. , this will enable essential first-hand experiences and provide further opportunities for them to use their Creative vocabulary.