For our experiences to really bed down and become powerful learning, we need to reflect and build upon them.
Whatever your pupils discover during your visit can be taken to a deeper level and expanded back in the classroom. There are lots of ideas about ways to do this on the Children’s Art Week activity cards.
- As part of your planning, build some time to review the visit with activities that allow your pupils to try out ideas and express what they have seen. This could be just one session in class, or a whole unit of work.
- Bring back sketches and notes from the visit and give pupils time to look at each other’s observations – this could be displayed in the classroom as part of a ‘learning wall’.
- Share the visit with others in your school – present in assembly, make a display, or write a review.
- Celebrate pupils’ arts learning. As part of Children’s Arts Week they will be able to learn about a number of art forms, take part in an art activity, record their learning about artists and share their experience with others. This could earn them an Arts Award Certificate at Discover level. More extended work could achieve Explore level.
- Take time to do a basic evaluation of the visit – what were your expectations? Did your visit achieve the learning outcomes that you anticipated? Are there any practical things to take into consideration for your next visit? What ideas has it given you?
- Let the staff at the venue know your thoughts — it will help them to plan for your visits in the future, and keep your school informed of additional opportunities to enrich you and your pupil’s learning.
Arts Education Specialist
Children’s Art Week is run by Engage, the National Association for Gallery Education, and supported in 2019 by the Arts Society and The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.