This year we are working towards the Artsmark schools award. This is a creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It provides a clear framework for teachers to plan, develop and evaluate arts, culture and creativity across the curriculum. Mr McKinley and Mrs Gunstone attended a very inspiring training day with other schools to get us started on our Artsmark journey.
As part of our Artsmark journey, the children will be gaining an individual Arts Award. We’ll soon be starting Years One and Two on their Arts Award journey. The Arts Award has five levels, all of which except for the introductory award level are nationally recognised qualifications, the highest level even comes with its
own UCAS points, but that’s probably a few years away yet!
The Year Ones will be going for the Discover award and the Year Two will be going for the Explore level, so we are expecting the children to leave the Infants with an actual qualification! The Arts Award is about getting children interested in different forms of art: to experience them, to talk about and react to them, find out a bit about arts organisations, as well as creating some art (this could be dance, music, drama as well as visual arts).
Finally they will reflect on the process. They will be compiling a journal of what they’ve been up to, with a little adult guidance of course. The Year Two’s journals will then be moderated by an external examiner, to make sure they have gained the qualification. We’ll keep you posted on how this is going and anything you can do to help at home.
For more information visit the Arts Award website: https://www.artsaward.org.uk/site/?id=64