Art and Design Cultural Capital
Our understanding of ‘knowledge and cultural capital’ is derived from the following wording in the national curriculum:
‘It is the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.’
Ofsted School Inspection Handbook 2019
What is Cultural Capital at Blackrod for Art?
At Blackrod, we incorporate cultural capital through our drivers of Possibilities, Environment, Community and Well-being. We do this by understanding each child and providing them with cultural experiences which would not necessarily be available to them outside of school life.
Some cultural capital may be gained by visiting theatres and galleries. However, know that it is through active participation in art which has the greatest impact on inspiration, creativity and cultural awareness. Our pupils must be able to move, draw, paint, print, mould, weave, stitch and sculpt to fully express themselves and their ideas.
At Blackrod, we tap into ideas and influences from renaissance to modern art to create an awareness of how art has shaped history and contributes to life today. Through researching artists, architects and designers; we gain insight into their styles, influences, and visions. Through thinking critically and through active exploration, children gain a meticulous understanding of art and design.
Each year, children at Blackrod learn about new artists, including their class artist, gaining the opportunity to be influenced by them to create their own inspirational pieces. All children explore a range of media and materials, learn numerous ways of applying them and have opportunity to reflect on their creations.
Children at Blackrod have engaged with opportunities to work with the local Octagon Theatre through performing in dramatic arts. We also work closely with Bolton library & Museum who provide CPD for teaching about specific artists.
BPS’s Art Cultural Capital offer includes:
- A progressive vocabulary overview
- Art borrowed from Bolton Museum and gallery created in breakout area ●●
- Significant people - art pioneers embedded into subject journey ●
- Projects loans in classroom provision from Bolton Museum ●●●
- Children achieve Arts Award discover in LKS2 ●●●
- School visitors –
- Ted Burch●
- Octagon theatre workshops ●●●
- Pantomime visit ●
- Enhancement days and assemblies–
- Bolton Museum ●●
- Whole School Dot Day ●●
- Octagon Assemblies ●
- Simon Sullivan workshops ●
- Extra-Curriculum Clubs –
- Art Club● ●
- Reading and Illustrating Club ●
- Comic club ●
- Octagon Theatre club ●●