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Intent of the arts curriculum
Valley Invicta at Kings Hill Art and Design curriculum is ambitious and coherent. It is designed and sequenced to give all learners the knowledge, skills, confidence and cultural capital they need to succeed and thrive in life.
We are passionate in providing he children with the tools and resource to experience and create high quality work both in and beyond the school.
This is reflected in our Gold Arts Mark Award status, which celebrates and evidences our commitment to the arts having a critical role in our school.
Implementation of the arts curriculum
We feel it is of paramount importance to provide all children with a fantastic and engaging and immersive Arts Curriculum. Creativity underpins the ethos of the school and form principles by which all year groups develop and progress in their understanding, skills and expertise through the explicit teaching of subject vocabulary, techniques, art skills and information about artists and crafts people.
The methods of practice and teaching (the pedagogy) enable all year groups to know and remember more over time, evidenced in sketchbooks, display and pupil voice and feedback from arts learning opportunities throughout the year.
Children have modelling, questioning, discussion and pupil-led learning woven through their lessons, encouraging them to talk like an artist, look closely at artefacts, handle and use materials and tools effectively and respond to the natural and man-made world.
Staff are skilled and passionate and plan engaging lessons; drawing on information from key organisations such as our Arts Council Bridge organisation, Access Art and ArtIs Foundation, and also respond to the talents, special interests and special educational needs of the pupils in order to provide effective scaffolds and adaptations to reach all groups effectively.
Leaders carry out learning walks, plan high quality CPD based on the needs of the pupils and lead provision and cultural capital development for schools in the local area through the Artswork Creative Steps programme. Leaders take time to research, and work closely with specialist teachers across the Valley Invicta Academy Trust.
Impact of the arts curriculum
The whole school curriculum and wider opportunities reflect the impact of provision on the school environment and pupils’ achievement. Children have a passion for the arts from Early Years to the success of Scholarship students entering KS3.
The planning, staged responses and evaluation of work and the way in which children across the school can articulate their ideas; interpreting, comparing and explaining thinking, is clear.
Arts Awards offer enriching experiences for pupils in KS2, and clubs, workshops and performances are designed to promote ambition for further education and careers in the arts such as teaching, dance and fashion design.
Pupils have had success in Trust and wider community Arts exhibitions and drawing competitions have raised the profile of the arts way beyond the school.
We believe that our children flourish due to the creativity and imagination that drive all aspects of learning. They use the arts to communicate, think critically and above all feel good about themselves.
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Pupils and staff at Valley Invicta Primary School at Kings Hill are the proud holders of the prestigious Artsmark Gold Award.
The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education.