Oakhill Primary School has been awarded Artsmark status, in recognition of our commitment to providing an excellent arts education. We are now working with a specialist provider to enable pupils to access Arts Award, a national scheme which enables pupils to work towards an award for their creative endeavours.
This year we have been working closely with British Ceramics Biennial, and Spode, which has given pupils the opportunity to work with ceramics artists to get clay under their fingernails, and create artefacts such as salad bowls, and forget-me-nots. We hope that working with clay will result in pupils having a greater knowledge of the history of The Potteries, and possibly go on to instigate a Potteries Renaissance in the future!
The nature of the creative process means that Art is able to play a part in a variety of other subjects throughout the curriculum, both as a part of other curriculum areas and in discrete lessons and activities.
Art gives children of all abilities and backgrounds an opportunity to enjoy learning, to develop creativity and imagination and to succeed, thus raising self esteem. Art gives children the opportunity to engage in process led activities, rather than results oriented activities which in turn encourages divergent thinking, problem solving skills and independence. Art lessons are a perfect way to engage in speaking and listening activities, discussing artist’s work, feelings and creating opportunities to practise peer appraisal.
At our school we value and celebrate all aspects of The Arts, such as music, drama, and dance. We have opportunities for children to work creatively with a variety of media, celebrate their own creativity with exhibitions, learn about the history of art, work with local artists and take part in and watch performances.
Art lends itself to a wide range of Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social studies. Students will analyse, engage with and question their own and others work, identify how beliefs, values and meanings are expressed and shared. Students are encouraged to express themselves through their art, which is supported by strong research into the wider world around them.