At Bridge Junior School we believe that high quality provision in ART & DESIGN should inspire all pupils towards: a high-quality art and design education, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity.
Teaching should equip pupils with knowledge in Art & Design. As pupils’ progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Art is taught through our cross-curricular topics and follows the new 2014 National Curriculum. Teachers plan a sequential block of work linked to their current theme. Within this, children will examine the key elements of line, colour, texture, shape, form, space, tone and pattern. A wide range of mediums and materials are used, including collage, textiles, painting, drawing, printing, sculpture and ICT. Children are taught skills to enable them to use their imagination to express and communicate ideas, thoughts and feelings. Children will regularly examine the work of other artists; discussing and thinking critically about their work as well as using to inform their own work.
The national curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
As a School, we look for opportunities to widen our experience, refresh our creativity and enable us to approach our teaching with passion.
Spring 2020 update on the Artsmark
In February 2018 Bridge Junior School began an exciting journey in to the Artsmark where we could engage our children, staff and community into a range of art forms.
We devised an action plan of points we wanted to focus on over the two year project:
> Increasing a range of art and musical opportunities and experiences for our children.
> Raising staff confidence in the arts and teaching in alternative ways to inspire our children.
> Involve our community and demonstrate how the arts can enrich our childrens’ education.
Over the two years we have worked towards the targets above. Our project enabled us to build strong links with our local art bases in Leicester such as the Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC), the Mighty Creatives and City Classroom.
Our Year 5 and 6 cohorts over the past two years have been very lucky to be the very first to view wonderful exhibitions at the AAC, meet the artists in person or via video links, artists have visited the school to hold a range of workshops, the children have performed at the AAC and had their work exhibited in the gallery.
The children have engaged with and been inspired by the following artists:
> Aaron Williamson - Multimedia Artist
> Claude Cahun - Photography Art with masks
> Laura Swanson - Photography Art with identity
> Amartey Golding - Multimedia Artist
> Yinka Shonibare - Cultural and Political Artist
> Lucy Jones - Expressive Artist
> Sargent Mann - Landscape and Figurative Artist
> Emma Fay - Portrait Artist
> Juan Delgado - Landscape Artist
> Kelly Richardson - Multimedia Artist using computer software
> Ava Hunt - Theatre Company Artist
> John Berkavitch - Poetry Artist
> Bridget Riley - Fine Artist
> Mrs Kaur - Music Artist - Sitar, Harmonium, Tanpura
> Mr Singh - Music Artist - Tabla, Dhol
> Leicester City Music Hub - Artist and Instruments
> DeMontfort Hall - Singing Winter Concert
> Bridge Junior School - Singing Choir with instruments
Free venues in Leicester that provide an arts cultural experience are:
Atttenborough Arts Centre in Leicester
New Walk Museum
Newarke Houses Museum
Abbey Pumping Station
The Guildhall Museum
Belgrave Hall Leicester
Jewry Wall Museum
Leicestershire Music Education Hub
Other venues that provide experiences for a cost include:
Space Centre in Leicester
Leicester Print Workshop
Bridge Junior School would like to thank all the above venues and artists for the wonderful experiences they have provided our children, staff and community with over the past two years. We hope to continue these links to inspire our young minds to think and learn in more eclectic and diverse ways.