Art

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All children at Belleville, from Years 1 to 6, have weekly art lesson with a specialist art teacher in our art studio. Our inspirational and diverse curriculum covers a wide variety of disciplines and children are immersed in the history, craft, culture and vocabulary of art & design. All children record their research, learning and ideas in a sketchbook and are encouraged to be thoughtful and make independent choices about their art work. Experimentation is encouraged, creativity is celebrated and 'every child is an artist'. (Pablo Picasso)

The standard of art at Belleville is very high. Around 95% leave at the expected level for their age group and around 70% leave exceeding this.

We have a wide range of art clubs available, before & after school including Drawing Skills, Watercolour Club, Clay Club, Illustration Club and Artsaward.

Children visit galleries and exhibitions across London, providing them with a contextualised experience and enriching their learning and understanding.

'To live a creative life, you must lose your fear of being wrong’
Joseph Chilton Pearce

Take at look at Miss Boulcott's Belleville artblog

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Curriculum

• All children at Belleville, from year 1 to 6, have weekly art lessons with a specialist art teacher in our well-resourced art studio. Experimentation is encouraged, creativity is celebrated and ‘every child is an artist’ (Pablo Picasso)

• Our inspirational, diverse and flexible curriculum covers a wide variety of disciplines including drawing, painting, printing, pattern & textiles, collage & design and sculpture. Children will cover all of these skills throughout the course of an academic year, building on them as they progress through out the school.

• Children are immersed in the history, craft, culture and vocabulary of art & design and each project is linked to an influential artist or crafts person.  There is a focus on African artwork in KS2, in collaboration with our Ghanaian links and there is a move to exploring contemporary artist and contextualizing artwork in depth in Year 6.

• Projects are often crafted around current exhibitions. Year 3 recently explored the work of Kazmir Malevich in collaboration with The Tate Modern and this project collimated in a school trip to see the artist work and explore it in a gallery environment. These visits provide children with a contextualized experience and deeply enhance their learning and understanding. 

• Projects in KS1 are linked to an author or illustrator, supporting Belleville’s focus on reading enrichment and literacy and there are opportunities for writing enrichment in KS2.

• There is a clear focus on self & peer evaluation and children are empowered to talk about their own and others art work though the embedding of a clear and purposeful art vocabulary.

• All children record their research, learning and ideas in a sketchbook and are encouraged to make well informed, independent choices about their art work in a supportive and highly creative environment.

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Attainment & Assessment

• Attainment in art is very high. Around 95% of children leave Belleville at the expected level for their age group and around 70% leave exceeding this level. 

• Our assessment structure is specialized and unique. Built through specific experience of the skills and understanding needed by children at a secondary school level, assessment is done termly and provides an in-depth understanding of each child’s attainment, progress and their continuing needs.  Examples of standards are collated in a portfolio to ensure assessment is consistent across sites & teaching staff.

• Attainment and the strong outcomes produced by children are celebrated through high quality displays around school, our school website and blog: which also acts as a platform for extending children’s learning.

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