We have just started our journey towards achieving the Artsmark award. This is an award that is run by the Arts Council in England. It is the only creative quality standard for schools and education settings, accredited by Arts Council England. we are beginning the 2 year long process of collecting evidence to support our application, which will determine what level we are awarded. This is a hugely exciting opportunity for the children as it will focus on all areas of the arts, including art, design, drama, literature, poetry, music and movement.
For more information check out these links to the Artsmark website
Art and DT
At Highfield, we place great importance on children’s understanding of art. Children learn about its place in history, about how it features in different cultures. They have opportunities to produce artwork using different skills and media.
A recent pupil questionnaire showed that children at Highfield thoroughly enjoy art and design technology lessons. It also the ‘Arts’ as a whole including music, singing, dance and drama.
The subjects can be invaluable in promoting self-confidence and allowing children to express themselves in alternative ways and through alternative methods. Art helps to develop skills which can be applied across the curriculum e.g. imagination, creativity, observation and critical awareness. Design Technology prepares pupils to participate in rapidly changing technologies and technological developments.
Art & Design Technology lessons at Highfield
In lessons children have the opportunity to observe, discuss and create. Time is also used for children to evaluate their own and other pupils’ work. Lessons are structured around the half-termly themes planned from the Learning Challenge Curriculum that we follow at Highfield. Children work individually, in partners and collaboratively in groups. Details of coverage for each age group can be found under the Creative Curriculum link on the left.
The Arts at Highfield
Opportunities for children to display their talent and enthusiasm for the arts include:
class assemblies, whole school assemblies, school productions, choir, music tuition and performances, clubs, theme days, talent shows, displays, theme homework and competitions.