Art at Starks Field is a highly valued subject. We believe creativity is important to children’s development and will support them with all areas of their learning. Children in every year group have weekly art lessons where they have lots of opportunities to look at a variety of different artists linked with their topic for each term or lessons are blocked over a week or two. Children learn to discuss and analyse pieces of work, ensuring that they listen to and value each other’s opinions. The children are given the opportunity to explore different mediums to re-create pieces as well as use the artist’s work as inspiration for their own final pieces. They are given the opportunity to learn new skills such as printing and clay modelling as well as using mediums such as charcoal, oil pastels and acrylics.
We also take part in various events including the Mayors’ Award for Visual Arts. Children are also given the opportunity to join our school art club, visit museums and express their views confidently using visual language. Our children can take great pride in their work, by having it displayed as part of the ongoing Art Gallery.
We believe that when children leave Starks Field they will have a broad and varied knowledge of Art having been exposed to a wide range of Artists and Movements.
Children in every year group have weekly music lessons where they have lots of opportunities to immerse themselves in different genres of music as well as learn about great composers and musicians. Within lessons, children explore musical instruments and musical technology, develop their singing and compose their own original pieces of music. Whilst the emphasis is on practical activity, children learn key musical vocabulary in order to evaluate compositions as well as learning how to use appropriate musical notation to write music. In addition, singing assemblies are held weekly – one for years 1-3 and one for years 4-6 – where children are taught about singing techniques and are given the opportunity to sing together.
There are a number of musical instruments children can learn to play at Starks Field. These include instruments such as: violin, piano, keyboard, flute, recorder and guitar. Enfield Music Service arrange for specialist music teachers to come to the school to teach children how to play and progress further. In year 3, all children are taught the recorder by specialist teachers; children are then given the opportunity to continue learning the instrument. At the end of the term, extra concerts are held to inspire others and celebrate their achievements.
Design and Technology
At Starks Field, we value design and technology as an opportunity for creativity and a chance to learn new skills. At our school, children have many opportunities to design and make products which have relevance and use in real life. As part of their learning, pupils research, plan and design their products before constructing them using a range of materials. In every year group, children then have the chance to learn the practical skills necessary to ensure their designs are fit for purpose. These skills include cutting, shaping, and sewing, weaving as well as joining and finishing in woodwork. They also learn further life skills through various cooking activities. After the project, children evaluate and test their products to help them consider improvements for the future.
Children at Starks Field are given the opportunity to learn Spanish. We employ a Spanish speaking teacher who focuses working in Key Stage 2 to extend children with grammar and written Spanish. We have links to a school in Spain where children correspond via letter.