For any questions or if you would like to submit work, please email me, Miss Stiles.
Welcome Year 6 to our Arts Award page!
Earlier this academic year, we launched our first Arts Award project. We started to complete the four sections (A, B, C, D) required to complete the award and this page outlines how the remaining sections can be completed. Sections B & C have been completed by many of you, and any work that was put into workbooks in school will be transferred to a digital format once school resumes.
Completing the Arts Award Record
All of the work will now need to be in digital formats for online moderation in the summer. At the top of this page you will find 4 Powerpoint template (Arts Award Records A, B, C & D) for you to complete. Once you have downloaded the Powerpoint documents, rename them with your name so that I can identify whose is whose. The Powerpoints contain questions and information about how to fill them in. The red parts are for you to click on and fill in. You can even change the layout if you would like. Any completed work, including separate video clips/photos can be emailed directly to me.
Completing the Records at home
I would like you to work on these records at home and complete as much as you can. If you are unable to do this at home, then when we return to school in June we will have some time to complete the Arts Award Records in school. You will need to decide at home what you would like to do for each part though. There are a lot of ideas on this page, so I would expect you to have a plan for what you want to do.
Each Part below will explain how you can complete activities at home. The internet is useful, but some of the sections can be completed by using things that you find in books or on the TV.
Please begin with PART A.
If you have already developed skills or have been creative at home, then use these experiences as well. You can also refer to things that you've done at school earlier in the year.
I would like to add that if you find writing at length challenging, then an adult can help by writing down/typing your answers. You can also record your answers to my questions using video or an audio recorder. You can then add these to your Powerpoint or email them to me separately.
Recap of what Arts Award is all about
This we year, we launchedâ€¯ Artsâ€¯ Award with Year 6 pupils.â€¯ Artsâ€¯ Awardâ€¯ was launched in 2005 and it is managed by Trinity College London in association withâ€¯ Artsâ€¯ Council England.
Artsâ€¯ Award â€¯offers a set of unique qualifications for young people aged up to 25, which can be achieved at five levels: Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver and Gold. We will be working towards the children achieving their Bronzeâ€¯ awards. They will work on this project throughout this year and their work will then be submitted for assessment in the summer. The Bronze â€¯awardâ€¯ is aimed at 11 to 25 year olds, but they can still be submitted for it if they haven’t quite turned 11 at the end of the school year.
Theâ€¯ awards framework helps young people to develop as artists andâ€¯ arts â€¯leaders and assesses their creative, communication and leadership skills.
Art and Music lessons in school count towards elements of the â€¯award, along with other creative activities that they take part in, such as school trips and workshops. They can also document activities that they take part in at home, e.g. write a report on an art gallery they visit, take a photo of some street art or record a response to a piece of music that they hear. The term ‘creative’ is very broad, but we will base the project on some form of creative art or craft.
During the course of this project, the children record their creative learning in a portfolio, which should demonstrate four key areas:
Part A: Taking Part
This could be performing in a play, learning a piece of music, learning to decorate cakes or taking part in an art workshop.â€¯
Part B: Be an audience member
This could be going to an art gallery, watching a film or listening to a piece of music.â€¯
Part C:â€¯ Arts â€¯Inspiration
For this part, the children will research a person of interest. They can choose who they study – it could be someone that they know personally or somebody from history. It could be a dancer, an artist, a musician, a designer or another type of craftsperson. We can discuss this in class if they’re not sure who to focus on.
Part D:â€¯ Artsâ€¯ Skills share
The children will teach a skill to a group of people – this could be children in school, friends or family.
They will record these experiences in their portfolio – again, this could be using writing, videos or drawings. It is not meant to be an assessment of how skilled they are at different art forms or how good they are at writing. Showing that they’ve learned skills or explored how they feel about experiences is the most important thing.
To hear some children talking about their experiences of working on â€¯Arts â€¯Award â€¯Bronze, follow â€¯this link.
For further information aboutâ€¯ Arts â€¯Award, followâ€¯ this link.
PART A: Taking Part
This part is all about developing your skills in an art form. The key thing for Part A is that you record your progress and reflect on what arts skills you have developed.
Here are some suggestions for things that you could do. Choose one from this list to focus on (or think of your own).
- Complete a diary about your musical instrument lessons. Have you been learning a piece of music? Could your teacher write a comment or record a video statement saying how you've been getting along?
- Use this BBC Bitesize page to develop your singing or beatboxing skills. You could reflect on what you learned with Mr Palekar and see if you can develop your skills using the tips on this page. You can also learn more beatboxing skills with Shlomo. Visit his YouTube page here. Young Voices has a number of videos on its YouTube channel. Visit their 'Elevnsies Beatboxing tutorial' here to learn some new skills.
- Learn a new dance. There are a lot of dance choreography videos online. Make sure you get an adult's permission to look at videos online to make sure that they're appropriate. MihranTV on YouTube has a lot of videos for children and for more advanced dancers.
- Work towards creating a piece of visual art. This could be using paints, oils etc or just pencil and pen. Alternatively, if you have access to digital drawing software you could create a piece of digital art. You should take photos of your progress, and/or record your progress in a written or audio recorded log.
- Complete some of Ms George-Jones' projects on the school website and take photos of you completing the work as well as the finished piece.
- Rehearse and perform a monologue. This could be filmed and sent to Miss Stiles. Alternatively, you could perform your monologue to parents/carers or other family members, documenting how they felt it went if you don’t have access to filming. The Trinity Online Anthology can provide you with some free suggestions as a starting point, or alternatively you could learn a rap.
- Create a short film – either live action or stop motion. There are lots of guides online for how to create a stop motion film from Lego especially, or other found objects in the home. Click here to visit Into Film for how to do this.
- Work towards a piece of creative writing. This could be something that you've written for your home learning class work, or something completely independent.
- You could work towards a craft or textiles project – for example sewing a garment, knitting something, crochet, cross-stitch etc. You should focus on the design and creative choices you are making as you go, as well as reflecting on how your skills are developing.
- Watch an online tutorial to help you learn a new skill. Little Kids Rock have a number of online resources.
PART B: Exploring the Arts as an audience member
For this part, we were visited by some musicians in school who performed some songs and discussed song-writing with the children. This has been recorded by many of the children in school already, but it would also be good if they included an additional experience. Part B is encouraging us to engage with the arts and reflect on what we think are the creative impacts of what we see as an audience member. Luckily, at the moment there is a lot of things to watch online and on the TV.
Here are some suggestions for things that you could do. You can choose one from this list or think of your own.
- Watch one of the Thursday night broadcasts of NT Live shows, and review what you have seen. Other online theatre streams at the moment include the RSC, The Globe and the Royal Opera House
- Read a book! This is a completely acceptable activity for Arts Award, and something that most young people will have access to. If they aren’t able to read a book, Audible has made a wide range of children’s books free to stream online for the duration of school closures
- Watch and review a film or a TV series. Into Film has a great range of resources and guides on how to write reviews.
- ‘Visit’ a gallery or museum virtually and review an exhibition or collection of art. Google Art & Culture is an excellent starting point, and Smartify has made all of its audio and visual museum guides free for the rest of 2020. Visit the Tate Kids site to learn about an artist.
- Listen to some music and review this. BBC 10 Pieces is a great starting point for classical music
- Visit one of the websites in this document that I produced to visit other galleries and creative websites.
PART C: Arts Inspiration
This part is for you to research an artist or craftsperson you are inspired by. We hope that this part will help to get you thinking about how you might be able to turn a passion of the arts into a job.
You can research any artist or craftsperson – alive or dead, famous or not. You can do online research, attempt to make contact with your chosen person, and summarise what you have found out. If a parent/carer is a musician or artist (even if not professional) you can also find out about their creative background. Some of you researched Mr Smith and his work as a photographer earlier this year, and you can also ask Ms George-Jones, Mr Palekar or Mrs Masterson about their careers as artists and musicians.
Many of you completed this part earlier in the year, so when we return to school you will be able to transfer that work into the Powerpoint template (or you can do this at home). If you did begin your research earlier this year but would like to include more information now, then that's fine.
PART D: Arts Skill Share
This part is designed to get you thinking about teaching others skills.
- Share a skill with a household or family member
- Video your skills share and share this with me/your teachers
- Share a skill over video call with a family member (with the permission of adults at home)
- Write / make a ‘how to’ guide or instructional video
The skill you share can be anything creative, linked to another part of your Arts Award or completely separate. Some ideas include:
- Showing someone how to play a musical instrument
- Creating a dance routine that others can learn
- Demonstrating how to project your voice, or teaching how to do an accent
- Demonstrating a visual art technique such as pencil shading or colour blending
- Showing someone how to use software such as Garageband to make music
- Demonstrating how to set up a shot to take a good picture, and what settings to use on a camera