Art and Design
At Liscard we believe that Art and Design is a means of communication that helps children to explore, understand, share and represent their physical and human environment. The curriculum is planned to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art. As pupils progress, they are able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should begin to know how art and design both reflects and shapes our history, and contributes to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
Pupils’ understanding of Art and Design is developed through knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the work of other artists past and present and from different cultures. Through our creative curriculum Art and Design is also accessed in other subjects. The children are encouraged to express their creative ideas in a secure and appreciative environment. They are shown how to work with a range of materials and equipment including digital media, clay, Mod-roc and textiles and are taught various techniques in areas such as drawing, printing, painting and mark making.
Pupils also learn to appreciate works of art and use artistic language to describe paintings, sculptures and other artefacts. We also use the local environment as a source of enrichment including visits to places of interest such as museums and galleries. The children also enjoy working with visiting artists.
We are deligted to be awarded the Artsmark Gold in August 2023 - please read the fabulous feedback following the Assessment.
Thank you for your recent submission, and congratulations on completing your Artsmark journey.
You've achieved an Artsmark Gold Award!
We are delighted to inform you that your setting has been awarded an Artsmark Gold Award. Congratulations!
Your Statement of Commitment and Statement of Impact have been assessed and we’re pleased to share this feedback from our assessors with you:
'Evidently, there is a firm commitment to promoting arts and culture within your setting. You recognise the value of the Arts in aiding learning across the curriculum; reflecting your school values of Dream, Believe, Achieve; and raising standards. Your Artsmark journey has raised the profile of the Arts with all school stakeholders and within the local community, and strengthened teachers’ understanding of high-quality arts provision. The arts and culture curriculum at Liscard Primary School is now mapped across the school, supported by progression pathways which ensure children are building on prior learning and developing their skills. Sketchbooks have been introduced and are charting children’s progress, as well as supporting teachers in making assessments and identifying next steps. Children learn about a range of artists across the school, broadening their knowledge of different styles and media.
Access to stimulating arts and culture experiences has been strengthened by weaving opportunities throughout the curriculum. These visits to arts and culture venues (including West End musicals, galleries, theatres and museums) are introducing your pupils to new experiences, developing their cultural capital and knowledge of the local Liverpool area, and nurturing their love of the Arts. Children have been engaged by projects working alongside arts and culture professionals, such as local artists, musicians, and dancers, increasing their confidence, aspirations and enjoyment of learning. As a result of opportunities to work alongside a professional actor, children are now familiar with the work of Shakespeare, and have improved their speaking and listening skills. It’s good to hear you have started to consider diversity in and through the Arts, and your sculpture project promoting Black Lives Matter sounded compelling.
Various technologies are now enriching your arts curriculum, with a new and exciting offer of digital photography, podcast production and music technology to aid pupils’ compositions. School leaders and governors have demonstrated their commitment to the Arts through financial investment in new resources, such as VR headsets, and external CPD in computing to enhance the arts curriculum. Teachers have been further upskilled through training by, and working alongside, music and visual art specialists.
Congratulations on your Artsmark Gold Award!
Your award is valid for two years and will expire on 14/08/2025