Welcome Year 6 to our Arts Award page!
Last academic year, we launched our first Arts Award project in Year 6. Lockdown made it quite a challenge to complete it, but many of our pupils passed and gained their Arts Award Bronze accreditation by combining parts they had done in school with parts completed at home.
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.
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€¯ This part will mainly focus on their Music or Art lessons in school.
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€¯ Last year, we were visited by some musicians who performed for the children and answered questions.
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. This part will need to be completed at home, and can be started now.
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. Due to lockdown, last year, some children shared things such as drawing skills with friends back in school and others taught family members at home. One pupil taught her mum how to crochet and someone else taught someone to play a piece on the piano. This year, our aim is to run a skills share day in school later on in the academic year.
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.
Making sure we have evidence of your Arts Award sections
The records (below) will be completed at school based on creative lessons and activities that take place there. However, I have added details about the 4 sections (below the below), and included ways to complete the sections at home, including websites to help you (I added these last year as pupils were working on their Arts Award during lockdown, but I've left them on there in case you'd like to try some of them).
You might visit an art gallery or the cinema, for example, so could write about these experiences for Part B. We will ask you to work on Part C at home, as this involves researching somebody creative who is of interest to you. You can discuss this with Ms George-Jones or Mrs Masterson in class, or with me (Miss Stiles) via email.
I would like to add that if writing at length is a challenge, then an adult can help to write/type your answers. you can also record your answers using video or an audio recorder. These can be emailed to me separately. For all parts of the Arts Award, we need to have evidence in the form of photos and/or video.
For any questions or if you would like to submit work, please email me, Miss Stiles.
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. You can use your Music or Art lessons to write about, but here are a few more ideas if you would like to write about a skill that you've worked on at home.
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.
- 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 aim to provide Year 6 with an activity in school, but if you are able to view a film, visit an art gallery, see something live or see something from this list, then feel free to write up what you do.
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.
PART D: Arts Skill Share
This part is designed to get you thinking about teaching others skills. This year, we aim to run a skills share day later in this academic year in school with your friends, but if you do it at home then you're welcome to write about it too.
- 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