Synergy Multi-Academy Trust comprises ten Norfolk schools serving children between the ages of 2 and 18. Our schools work collaboratively together to raise standards and provide education of the highest possible standard, offering the best of opportunities for pupils. The Trust was initially established in 2015. We believe that all of our schools have strengths and areas to develop, and that all can improve through sharing expertise and wisdom. The Trust understands that there will be excellent practice in each school, and that every school will be able to contribute to the development of the Trust as a whole.
We have designed the Art and Design curriculum to engage the children. We aim to foster transferable skills and enhance the children’s well-being and self-esteem through Art. We work on a 2-year rolling programme and we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children.
At Bawdeswell Primary school we follow the National Curriculum guidance for Art and Design. The learning is sequenced to enable the children to always build on previous learning to deepen and broaden their understanding of Art and Design. Links are made to other areas of the Curriculum including links to Science (My Body) (Animals of India).
In Reception the children are given a range of different opportunities to be designers and use materials creatively. In Year 1 the children learn about buildings and have opportunities in the forest to use natural materials to create their own pieces. In Year 2 the children create their own super sculptures, leading to learning about designing stage props for pantomimes in Y3/4. Finally, in Y5/6 the children build on all this learning with a project exploring ‘City Scapes’.
In addition to this the children have the opportunity to develop their skills as drawers, and painters. In Reception the children have a wide range of materials and tools available inside and outside to help develop and foster their hand control and skills. In kS1 the children study portraits and self-portraits. In Y3/4 the children investigate Indian Art and have opportunities to draw and paint. Finally, in Y5/6 the children explore fashion and become fashion designers.
To really inspire the children, we give them the opportunity to study famous artists and architects and the techniques they have used. From Giuseppe Archibald, Lowry, William Morris and Van Gogh. They are given the opportunity to learn about different disciplines and make links to their own work.
Our Art curriculum is underpinned by our Values and Ethos statement which shows our aim is for the children to:
‘Love your Learning’