I am extremely proud to share the findings from our Ofsted Short Inspection on 15 March which concludes Garlinge Primary School and Nursery continues to be a 'GOOD' school and 'pupils are nurtured at the school and thrive in the calm, orderly environment.
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I hope you enjoy reading the report as much as I did.
Following the National Curriculum framework of principles for Art and Design, we aim to provide a wide range of stimulating and rich creative opportunities that will aid and broaden our pupils' artistic development. The children are able to respond to the natural and man-made environment through direct experiences and observations including opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Our pupils visit local art galleries and study local architecture, sculpture and design. We provide a wide variety of tools, materials and equipment for the children to experiment and become familiar with.
We enable the children to learn about the great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms. Our pupils are encouraged to critically evaluate their own and other's work and use specialised art vocabulary when discussing their ideas.
Throughout the school there are many interactive displays which celebrate the children’s work. Our school Art gallery and the children’s portfolios and sketchbooks demonstrate the progression of Art and Design skills taught from Nursery to Year 6.
We are active in the local community, with visits to the Turner Art Gallery, Kent Life museum, Dreamland, and Quex Powell Cotton museum. We participate in a number of art projects and competitions including Cauliflower Cards Christmas Card Project, the Rotary Club Art competition (displayed at Westwood Cross) and have been winners of 'The Neal Foundation', Art project for seven consecutive years. Our annual arts week, provides the opportunity for local artists and visitors to be invited into school to work first-hand with the children.
At present, our school is on the exciting journey of achieving the Artsmark accreditation which develops creative approaches to teaching and learning. Awarded by the Arts Council in England, Artsmark, can help to unlock the potential of young people, develop their creativity, enrich their childhoods and enhance their knowledge and understanding. Ofsted and School Improvement Partners have recognised that a broad, rich cultural and arts ethos, helps with the progression of a child’s personal development (spiritual, moral, social and cultural). As part of developing our school’s arts provision, Garlinge Primary School and Nursery, is now a registered Arts Award centre with several members of our staff being trained as Art Award Advisors. Children are able to achieve the universally recognised ‘Discover’ and ‘Explore’ Arts Awards which enables pupils to focus on areas of the arts that they find interesting and excel. This gives our children, the great opportunity of developing their independence, self-manage and take responsibility for their own learning.
During Term 5 and 6 selected children where chosen to attend an after school art and craft club lead by Miss Jenkins, Year 6 Teacher and Mrs Williams a local artist. Together they worked alongside the children to help inspire them to create their own art pieces experimenting with a ride range of media to create a mini project of their learning journey to help them achieve an arts award.
To help them achieve their award the children were invited to spend the afternoon at Quex Powell Cotton Museum where they were able to interview the staff about the museum before taking part in a short art workshop.
Please see below a short paragraph from the children explaining there journey throughout their time at art club.
By Ella By Elizabeth
By Cameron By Orlendra
We are proud to show of our wonderful Christmas displays across the school that the children have enjoyed making this Term.
Well done to all of our pupils who took part in creating our Hall Art displays, showing our School PART values of Perseverance, Aspiration, Respect and Teamwork.