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Our aspiration for every learner:

At Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, we believe that Art and Design is essential in encouraging our pupil’s creativity and helping them to build confidence, imagination and an individual identity.  Our curriculum offers the experience to work with a range of materials and mediums to create pieces of work they are proud of which promotes our pupils’ passion to learn and self expression.

With the majority of our pupils with English as an additional language, our Art & Design curriculum allows our pupils to immerse themselves in a hands-on learning experience to express or communicate their emotions and ideas. Specific techniques and skills are modelled to our pupils so they can explore and appreciate formal elements for their own sake, or to serve as representation.

At Guru Nanak Sikh Academy, we understand that Art & Design in its simplest, is a form of communication and is subjective. With Art & Design often considered to be the repository of society’s collective memory, we aim to offer our pupils the skills and confidence to explore a range of mediums to enhance creativity and allow pupils to gain an understanding of how it influences society by changing opinions, instilling values and translating experiences across time. 

How we support our pupils to acquire this learning:
  • A knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master;
  • A cycle of lessons for each subject, which carefully plans for progression and depth;
  • Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience
  • A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ artwork in their class and through exhibitions. 
  • Many opportunities for children to link their learning to the other curriculum areas in that term
  • Many opportunities for children to make their own decisions and drawing their own conclusions