About this curriculum

We strive to allow all children to build upon their knowledge and understanding of materials and techniques, developing their experience of how they can make a creative response to a variety of stimuli. Our role at Widey Court is to facilitate this journey.

Intent

As the cultural centre of Devon and Cornwall there is always amazing art to show cultural diversity around the city of Plymouth. Our high-quality art and design education intends to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As pupils progress, they are taught to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They should also know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. 

By the time a child leaves Widey, they should have experienced a wide range of artists’ work and experimented with a variety of skills and media. The quote by Pablo Picasso, ‘Every Child is an Artist’ is one we reinforce regularly and strongly, recognising that is some other subjects it can be all very ‘it needs to be this, this and this or you can’t do this because it’s wrong’. That’s not what were made to do, we’re made to be our own person, we’re made to go off and do something that someone else hasn’t done before. That’s our intention for art at Widey. 

Our core aim is to enable creativity, we place an emphasis on encouraging exploratory journeys, working towards varied and individual outcomes. With a strong emphasis on well-being, Widey’s art curriculum, also provides children with a creative outlet to explore and express their emotions. Some year groups are now even using additional Art Well-being books where art is seen and used as an essential outlet for aiding positive mental health. It should help to build resilience and develop social skills. So, for many children the arts can be a creative outlet for releasing feelings of pressure or stress of everyday life.

Implementation

Our art curriculum follows the National Curriculum and once an appropriate artist has been selected, the relevant learning objectives are taught and applied, with all working towards to final yet entirely unique outcome. All year groups follow the cyclical process of: introduction to the artist, exploring artist’s work and style, experimenting with those relevant skills, planning their own artwork, photo of finished artwork in books (original sent home) and finally, celebrating and evaluating. The curriculum makes use of and links to prior knowledge, with the use of ROCKS being implemented throughout.  

Impact

Through lesson observations and child interviews, we aim to inspire children to gain some essential art skills whilst building an appreciation of, if not always a passion for, the importance and impact of art. Children will be able to recognise some of the features of some of the most well-known and some lesser-known artists and be able to comfortably and confidently give their opinion of what they see through a vocabulary and skills rich curriculum.  To aid this deep understanding, the implementation of ROCKS is used as an assessment tool to track knowledge and skills learnt. Art at Widey is never side-lined, it’s right up there at the front because we think art teaches you how to deal with the world around you. It’s the oxygen that makes all the other subjects breathe. 

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Barton Hall and the sun is shining for the first morning of activities! 🌞⭐️
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Group 1 photo shoot…. Loving life at Barton Hall! 😃😃😃
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After a really quiet night (😅) …. We’re up and ready for breakfast!!! Full English anyone?!! 😋😋😋
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First night fun! ‘Splash’ 💦 … work as a team to complete challenges to earn points which turn into materials to protect your water balloon when dropped from a height! Teamwork at its best! ⭐️⭐️
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We are loving the food here at Barton Hall!!!! 😋😋😋
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Year 4 have arrived safely at Barton Hall! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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And we’re off to Barton Hall!!!!! 🥳🥳🥳🥳 Fingers crossed the weather gets better!!! 🤞🏽🤞🏽🤞🏽
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…and Year 4 are just about to the board the coach to head to Barton Hall for the weekend! ⭐️⭐️⭐️
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Today we say thank you and farewell to Mrs Lyle. We wish you all the best with your new career! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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…and here are the photos from the ocean art workshop by Kayleigh Swann from Colourful Horizons! 🐟🌊🐬🐠🐡Thank you MKC Heroes ⭐️
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We had a wonderful workshop at Widey Court today that was kindly paid for by MKC Heroes! This was for our Years 3 & 5 Service Children. Thank you so much to Kayleigh Swann from Colourful Horizons for running this. The children had a fantastic time creating some ocean themed masterpieces!
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Year 6 have had an exciting afternoon and have all been left feeling rather hungry. The Plymouth legend, Curly Gaz, came into school and spoke about his passion for food, showed a video master class with his chef friend, who currently owns and does a fabulous job at Zephyr Burger, and introduced us to our next DT topic-burger making! Year 6 can’t wait to get making next week and are looking forward to working closely with Curly Gaz to perfect their own burgers. Year 6 can’t wait to try and win the prize of vouchers for them and their families to go to Zephyr- yum! 🍔 More photos in the comments below! ⬇️
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Our Widey Court Field Gun Crew made the ITV Westcountry news! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
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So proud of our Widey field gunners today. What a day filled with thrills , spills, energy, teamwork and commitment. You are awesome!
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The Summertime Book Review Competition is back! You could win a full library of 200 books for our school and the winning class will get a chance to talk to a published author! All the details are on the flyer and link below! Good luck! ⭐️ https://www.school-readers.org/bookreview
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Today, we say a fond farewell to Mrs Farrell who is leaving the Widey Court family to pursue a new career! ⭐️⭐️We wish you the very best and thank you for your commitment and dedication over the last six years to the staff and children at Widey! We will miss you! 💕
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