Art & Design at SKA

Art and design stimulates creativity and nurtures children’s imagination and curiosity. At SKA, we value art education and we believe that high-quality art and design education should inspire, excite and challenge learners, equipping them with the skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design. As they progress pupils will begin to make critical observations of their own and others’ work. They should know how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.

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SMSC in Art at SKA

Art teaching and learning at South Kirkby Academy promotes the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of our children in many ways:


Spiritual Development

As part of our art curriculum, we encourage the children to inquire and to discuss ideas, meanings and feelings that a work of art portrays. Our children develop their own creativity through a range of sensory experiences, drawing on their own ideas and others’ work to inspire them. At SKA, we encourage children to give an opinion on the aesthetics of a piece of art work and consider the meaning the work conveys. 


Moral development

Through selected Art History, children explore issues - both current and from the past. Children also look at how art has been used as a form of protest and to convey meaning both locally and across world. They consider the lives and work of a variety of artists, designers and craft makers and are encouraged to express themselves through discussion and through their art. 


Social development

At SKA, our children’s work is celebrated and displayed around all areas of our school and shared with our local community. Our annual Waterton Art Tour enables our art to be displayed in a galleries across a variety of schools in the Trust enabling other communities to connect with our art.

Our children are encouraged to discuss the work of known artists and their own work, which develops their communication skills and promotes their self-identify through expressing and justifying own opinions. 


Cultural development

Our art curriculum enables our children to be exposed to a wide range of cultures, beliefs and religions adopted around the world. They will explore and replicate the techniques and styles of different cultures and ages, both in Britain and across the world. Opportunities are given for our children to experiment with a variety of traditional and non-traditional art materials and processes alongside trips and links to local galleries to help inspire personal projects.

How our 4 school values are evidenced in Art and Design...



We strive to do our best!

Our pupils explore art through a variety of subjects to understand the meaning and relevance it has in shaping our historical and modern world. Children are exposed to artwork in subjects such as history, reading and writing and are naturally curious to explore the meaning the work conveys. Our Optional Homework enables children to continue their creativity at home with cross-curricular projects.


We achieve success!

Our children explore a variety of historical artwork to gain an understanding of how art is often a tool of communicating issues in the world or community. Pupils are encouraged to express themselves through their art and develop their own style and interpretations. 


We work together as a team!

We encourage children to collaboratively discuss ideas, meanings or feelings that the art portrays - offering differing perceptions open to debate. Children at SKA are regularly encouraged to support their peers by offering constructive feedback in an environment where they feel safe to make mistakes.    



We are excited about our learning!

Our children's artwork is displayed around all areas of our school and is shared with our local community. The annual Waterton Art Tour enables our art to be displayed in schools across the Trust so that other communities can connect with our art and be inspired. 



South Kirkby, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 3DP

01977 643187