“Art is a way to express yourself without words. It doesn’t just mean making a beautiful picture: it is a way to let out your emotions.” (Y6)
Our vision for art is that all children will leave Stapleford with a broad understanding of a number of different art forms, styles and techniques to enable them to release their full creativity and potential. Through studying such a variety of art forms, we want children to have aspirational dreams and see that their love of art can grow into future careers such as illustrators, graphic designers, architects, fashion designers, curators, printmakers, set designers and so on. Our aim is that all children feel like they can achieve in art and recognise that it is as much about the journey as the final product: all of us can be artists. We want our children to be. Our art curriculum is designed to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to encourage them to be ambitious in art, experiment and to think creatively throughout their creative processes. Throughout their time at school, we aim to enrich our children’s cultural capital through visitors in school, trips and special events. As pupils progress through school, we aim to deepen their understanding of how art and design reflects and shapes our history, as well as how it contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our world. We have selected a wide range of unique and diverse artists, craft makers, designers and architects for our children to study to ensure they have a breadth of awareness of different art forms.
Child voice is an important aspect of our arts provision at Stapleford and we are proud to have a number of Year 6 Arts Captains who actively lead clubs and raise the profile of art in our school. We also have an Art Council made up of children from all year groups to ensure our arts provision is relevant to all.
We have recently achieved our Artsmark Silver award and will continue to work to Gold over the next couple of years. Through this journey, we have made links with a number of different arts organisations in our area such as ‘My Cambridge’, the Fitzwilliam Museum and CAYAC.