At Greenfields we aim to provide a broad balanced and progressive Arts curriculum which is integrated into other areas of the curriculum through our Enquiry Themes. The school’s aim is to enable each child to reach their full potential in Art, through investigating and making, research and the development of skills and through the evaluation of their own artwork and that made by others.
To achieve that aim the school plans a range of activities in art which provide opportunities for pupils to:
- Record responses to experience and imagination and to observations of the natural and made environment
- Gather resources and materials, using them to stimulate and develop ideas
- Explore and use two and three dimensional media, working on a variety of scales
- Review and modify their work as it progresses
- Develop understanding of the work of artists, craftspeople and designers from a range of times and cultures and apply this to their work
- Respond to and evaluate art, craft and design, including their own and the work of others.
Each year all of our children experience a wide range of arts and culture based activities both in and outside the classroom.
Children’s work across all aspects of the Arts is showcased outside all classrooms as an integral part of our SMART weeks. Also work completed throughout the whole school year is exhibited in the School Art Gallery. Half-termly reflection events involving parents/carers often provide the opportunity for children to showcase their ‘arts’ work including practical arts based activity, exhibitions, live performance etc. All pupils have enjoyed performances in school from a visiting theatre group as well as participating in and enjoying performances by different pupils in different phases. Groups of KS2 pupils have appeared on stage in events showcasing singers and dancers from North Tyneside schools. Friday afternoon Greenfields University courses also offer a wide variety of Arts based subjects and children are able to work alongside children from other classes and year groups to develop their artistic skills and graduate in an Art based subject.
Educational visits are embedded through from nursery onwards and these allow the children to consolidate learning and improve knowledge, skills and understanding in these areas. Teaching through the Arts allows all children to experience success regardless of ability background of gender. Visits to local theatres, galleries, museums etc. will involve the children in activities that will encourage children, staff and families to engage in the arts/culture opportunities on offer in the region. Visits to museums and places of interest have taken place emphasising the importance of providing stimulating, meaningful, hands-on cultural activities for everyone.
The Friends of Greenfields group are active in fundraising on behalf of the school in order to cover the costs of performances by theatre groups, travel costs to galleries, museums, concerts, funding workshops by visiting artists etc. We currently request voluntary contributions from parents and carers to help with this also. We are planning to be creative in our search for free resources such and workshops provided by local galleries and museums and volunteers.
As a school that previously held Gold Artsmark status and with our current strengths, with regard to the provision of the arts and culture within our school and that which we are currently implementing, we feel confident that we will able to make a positive contribution to the other schools on the Artsmark journey and regain the Gold Award under the new scheme. We will be sharing practises between like-minded schools within the region so that we can be inspired, learn from each other, further improve our practise and make a positive contribution to the Arts within all of the schools participating. By working alongside the partner schools and utilising the external expertise on offer form Culture Bridge North East, North Tyneside Learning Trust (music and art hub), local museums and galleries, other local arts and culture provider’s schools etc. we will all be able to make a positive impact on the already vibrant culture of the North East.