At William Tyndale we offer an extremely creative, cross curricular art provision.
Our skills progression document builds upon children’s skills and development from Nursery to Year 6. Starting points for Early Years include using primary colours in paint and investigating the effects of mixing them. These skills are built on so that, by Year 5 and 6, children are able to mix colours to indicate tone, shade and mood. Children are also exposed to experimenting with print making, using fabrics and malleable materials, and are encouraged to respond to different art forms. Each year group studies an artist and is strongly encouraged to visit art galleries, noting how to use them effectively.
We currently work in partnership with a number of different art and art support organisations. We have completed a number of whole school art projects with Stamped Arts, including the 'stairwell timeline' project, the 'traditonal tales and poetry' project and, most recently, the 'movement' project. We are now working with Stamped Arts on improving the outside environment, particularly in the Nursery and Reception playgrounds, both of which will have a scientific focus.
In conjuction with Creative Schools and Islington Council, we are able to work collaboratively on specific art projects, focussing on enhancing children's creative writing. Through this partnership we are working with Cubit Art to support children to achieve Arts Award, Discover and Explore.
Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and art leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in any art form.
Offered at five different levels, 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
- get to work with or experience working with creative arts professionals
- gain experience and knowledge to progress into further education and employment
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.
Arts Award Explore is an Entry Level 3 qualification on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).
We are focusing on Arts Award, Discover and Explore which are suitable for primary age children. Our Film Club is currently working on achieving Discover and Explore qualifications through film.
We have twice achieved ArtSmark Gold and are currently in the process of reapplying under the new criteria.