Art at Westacre
At Westacre Middle School, we aim to provide children with opportunities to develop their creativity across a broad curriculum of skills. During the three years they spend with us, we aim to identify and celebrate strengths and further develop a broad skill set.
Why is it important to teach children art?
Art supports personal, social, moral, spiritual, cultural and creative development, and enables participants to engage with and explore visual, tactile and other sensory experiences. These opportunities enable them to work with traditional and new media, so that they develop confidence, competence, imagination and creativity. Art provides children with regular opportunities to think imaginatively and creatively and develop confidence in other subjects and life skills and develop a life-long appreciation. In life ‘knowing how’ is just as important as ‘knowing that’.
What facilities can we offer pupils?
As a school, we have invested in technology including installing interactive whiteboards into every classroom, having a visualiser in every room and every year group having access to iPads. From time to time, teachers will also ask children to complete research tasks in the two computing facilities during lessons. This not only helps children develop the way they communicate their artistic skills but helps inspire them through looking at other artists and sharing ideas.