Valuing Every Achievement



  Mrs Duerden



'We intend to see our children socially, morally and academically ready for the future.  All in equal measure but driven by the social and moral aspects. Our journey is as much about ‘how we approach our learning’ as anything else. Learning to learn is vital for our children. A thirst to learn from mistakes, ability to bounce back from difficulties, be resilient and be independent as against a culture of ‘learned helplessness’. This will prepare them for the challenges and opportunities they may face in their future and this can foster ambition and aspiration to be the person we hope they can become. We drive and celebrate the skills and qualities that will bring this about and attempt to develop a more rounded, inclusive and understanding view of the modern wider world.  Our children’s speaking, listening, confidence and presentational skills are absolutely paramount to all of this and we aim to develop these continually within a curriculum that is broad, well balanced and seizes the importance of our locality, creativity and ‘performing arts’.   


At Mayfield we feel art has the ability to kindle some of the highest forms of human creativity. Pablo Picasso said, “Every child is an artist”.  We support this belief and seek to inspire and challenge children through aspirational lessons and unique opportunities within the locality. Children love to experiment with different media – our art curriculum places self-expression at its forefront whilst asking children to question the social and moral aspects of the art that they both study and create. Children will learn how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation- specifically the North West region.  



Our new curriculum 'When I Grow Up...' is my current priority as art leader. I have been working with the senior leaders and class teachers on three main goals that we wish to see:

* the rich artistic heritage of the north west of England must enhance our teaching and learning - the cultural significance of the towns and cities that inspired the likes of John Ruskin and LS Lowry cannot be underestimated. 

* make our art as purposeful as possible. This is a great opportunity for art work to exhibited. Our new Mayfield Theatre and parent celebration events will give all children the space and audience for their work to be appreciated.

* ensure that the key aspects of the art curriculum demonstrate progression - being particularly careful to provide a range of different media for our children to express themselves.

I am currently creating a portfolio of work and supporting teachers in the preparation for their first 'When I Grow Up...' Autumn Term theme and making sure these three main goals are considered alongside ensuring our art curriculum implements our core vision at every opportunity. I am looking for those practical opportunities for learning above all else as they have the benefit of enabling positive talk and debate. This is at the heart of our 'Let's Talk at Mayfield' philosophy. 

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