At Ling Bob School, we believe that all pupils should have the opportunity to explore, develop and evaluate their artistic ideas, skills and knowledge to enable them to discover, explore and extend their natural talents so they can become artists and designers in their own right. We want our children to acquire a wide understanding of artistic vocabulary in reference to various styles and techniques, and understand how to use and apply these styles and techniques to create their own unique pieces of art with growing confidence and resilience. We encourage our children - from Early Years through to Year 6 - to explore art through a plethora of medium including drawing, painting, textiles, printing, collage and the 3D form as well as exposing them to the work of famous (and local) artists, illustrators, architects and designers to widen their cultural experiences and to develop their appreciation of the diversity within the arts. We understand and acknowledge how art can play a vital role in giving children at our school a channel for self-expression which can in turn support their mental health and well-being. Furthermore, it gives those children who may struggle in core subjects a different platform and opportunity to shine. Art is very much an inclusive subject. It does not discriminate and as such, topics and lessons can always be appropriately adapted for those children with SEND.
At Ling Bob, art and design is embedded across the curriculum in order to engage, inspire and challenge pupils to create their own pieces of art. Based on the aims of the National Curriculum, it is taught discretely across the whole school through a planned sequence of lessons based around a particular artist, skill or technique every half term, as well as being taught as part of a topic day with cross-curricular links to a year group’s history or geography theme or focus. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 children are exposed to a range of materials to creatively design and make products, use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop their ideas, develop techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and learn about the work of a range of artists and designers. In Key Stage 2 children develop these skills and techniques further with increasing confidence, independence and resilience.
Sketch books are an integral part of the art and design process and are used from Year 1 upwards to capture children’s thoughts and imagination. They are encouraged to explore different types of medium and improve their technique in these as they build towards producing a finished design or piece of art. In Years 5 and 6 A3 sketchbooks have been introduced to allow children more freedom to research, explore and express themselves creatively. Once an artistic concept has been talked about, practised, developed and refined children are encouraged to share their work with their class—either by show and tell, or via a walking gallery around the classroom. This encourages our children to take pride and responsibility for their own work, whilst learning to appreciate and value the work of their peers. To bring learning to life, local artists are invited into school to run workshops with groups of children and in 2022 we held our very own school art exhibition which brought much excitement for our children and parents—who got to purchase their child's artwork—as well raising money for school.
Going forwards, we are planning to apply for an Arts mark Award to showcase our commitment to embedding creativity across the whole of our curriculum.
When children leave Ling Bob J I & N School they will be able to talk confidently about a range of artist’s work using technical vocabulary and demonstrate a wide range of artistic styles, skills and techniques which they can develop further at High School. They will be familiar with using sketchbooks to practise, refine and showcase their artwork and have confidence in their creative abilities and talent.
Art Exhibition – My Masterpiece
On Thursday 24th March we held a whole school art exhibition in the hall where children got a chance to show off their personalised street art. Each class chose a different theme – from blowing hearts, bubbles, and petals to catching the moon and a kite; from Harry Potter to sheltering from the rain – and each individual piece was a fantastic unique work of art. Parents were invited to our gallery exhibition and could purchase their children’s artwork at the event. We’re just waiting to find out how much money we’ve raised for school.
Art and DT Showcase – Tuesday 15th February 2022
On Tuesday 15th February children and staff from across school came together to share and celebrate their work in art and design technology. They also had a go at making a piece of Kandinsky inspired art, and making a tower out of spaghetti and marshmallows!
Ling Bob J, I & N School, Albert Road, Pellon, Halifax, HX2 0QD