At Offmore Primary School, we focus on the learning journey an artist goes on, to ensure that the focus is not completely centred on the end product. In this way, we hope to build children’s confidence, push away negative feelings about failure and promote the idea that art is about sharing our individualism with others. Through the use of sketch books, practise, repetition and evaluation, children build up a picture of their own progress, giving them a sense of pride and achievement.
Art Week is just one example of how the Arts are accessible to everyone at Offmore. We feel it is really important for children to participate in cross-curricular activities, helping them to understand how different subjects flow through others. This year during Art Week, we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the end of World War One. From Nursery to Year 6, children were involved in commemoration art; learning how the poppy has become a symbol of remembrance and respect.
During Art Week, each year band focused on a sketching skill. In Nursery the children developed their understanding of using lines to create shapes, while in year 6, the children focused on being able to explain the techniques they had used and how they impacted on their drawing.
Preparing children for the future is a fundamental aspect of education and we try to create opportunities for children to understand how each subject could enrich their lives or become a possible career. We pride ourselves on the breadth of experiences and visiting professionals that staff and children have the opportunity to encounter during their time at Offmore.
Understanding Our Differences
Here at Offmore we like to celebrate our difference and there is no better way to do this than through the arts. Art and Design is all about expressing yourself, about trying new things and celebrating both success and failures.
"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see" - Edgar Degas
At Offmore we understand the importance of looking after our environment, we want our children to take responsibility and understand that their actions have an impact on our world. Working closely with Eco schools, we have been using The Arts to visually represent the importance of recycling.
In Nursery and Reception, the children are beginning to be able to safely use a variety of materials and tools, working together to create bird feeders. In Year 1 and 2, children have been developing their drawing skills, communicating something about themselves into a drawing by designing their own plant pot. Helping the environment was a lot noisier in Year 3 and 4, where the children were focusing on creating texture and shape, by saving up all their recycling the children designed and made junk instruments. Using these instruments, they then created and preformed a rap to promote recycling. This year, Year 5 and 6 have been on a mission to raise awareness about climate change. Rather than buying new materials, the children used the natural environment to create art work and developing their printing skills.
Being at the top of the school comes with both opportunity and responsibility. Here at Offmore, we understand that the transition to high school can be a daunting process and we try to support the children to feel as prepared as possible. Through the Arts we are able to make links with our local high school, giving the children a chance to get to know King Charles staff and start to familiarise themselves with the school. This is also a wonderful opportunity for our year 5 and 6 children to use King Charles’ fantastic facilities.
Working with the Textiles teacher, the year 5 and 6 children have created these sunning pieces. Choosing one of our Offmore Values, the children designed and produced their own puzzle piece - using a range of different textile techniques, including: sewing, transfers and printing. These amazing works of art are on show as part of our ‘Heart of the Curriculum’ display, come and take a look.
“We are each unique and beautiful, but together we are a masterpiece.”
Voices and Visions
This year Offmore Primary School is proud to announce that we will be a part of the Voices and Visions Arts Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral. This exhibition will be open to the public from Saturday 18th May until Sunday 16th June.