At Athelstan we believe art enables children to:

  • Stimulate their creativity and imagination through visual, tactile and sensory experiences.PIXJM 283
  • Communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes.
  • Appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives. To understand and respond how art has affected their world and can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. They can then become involved in shaping their own environments through art and design activities.
  • Learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions.
  • They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers.

Our commitment to providing art and design opportunities for all children was supported in our achievement of the Arts Mark Gold Award in 2009, 2012 and our intention for resubmission in 2016

At Athelstan we aim to teach children to:

  • Develop their visual awareness and aesthetic sensibility.
  • Respect others views, and be able to debate and evaluate through ‘Talk for Learning’ and the schools promotion and development of ‘Thinking Skills’ activities.
  • Record from first-hand experience and from imagination, and to select their own ideas to use in their work;
  • Develop their creativity, imagination and self-expression  through a range of complex activities;
  • Improve the children’s ability to control materials, tools, techniques and their ICT capabilities;
  • Increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures;
  • Develop increasing confidence in the use of visual and tactile elements and materials;
  • Foster an enjoyment and appreciation of the visual arts and a knowledge of artists, craftspeople and designers;
  • Consider health and safety issues when using materials and tools
  • Find enjoyment and self-expression in creating 2D and 3D art.

Celebration of the Arts

PIXJM 276Pupil achievements are celebrated year round through our displays, class assemblies and Arts weeks. We are also involved in the Cape UK’s Arts Award projects. The Year 4’s are entered for Arts Award Explore and the Year 6 for Arts Award Bronze.

Arts Awardis managed by Trinity College London in association withArtsCouncil England. Theawardis a personal learning programme which develops and assesses botharts-related and transferable skills, such as creativity, communication, planning and teamwork.

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that help to support our children to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form - from fashion to digital art, pottery to poetry.

Young people get to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in any art form
  • develop their creativity and leadership skills
  • learn new skills and share them with others
  • the may get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals

To achieve their Arts Award, young people take on challenges in an art form, participate in arts activities, experience arts events, get inspired by artists and share their arts skills with others. Young people create a portfolio to keep a record of their creative journey. Along the way they are supported by an Arts Award adviser, acting as assessor, facilitator and mentor.

 Athelstan also celebrates the diversity and artistic strengths of it’s pupils by holding an annual arts exhibition. Every class has entries and children, parents and visitors can vote for their favourite piece. The winner receives a trophy for being the ‘Artist of the year’

Athelstan values the arts and how it can help pupils become confident and rounded individuals.

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