Art and Design
Art has a very important place in our curriculum. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and it provides opportunities for collaborative work. It is an important form of cultural expression and, therefore, has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media. This is developed through our skills based curriculum. We have an annual art week when the whole school work with an artist to create work on a collective theme. Our design and technology lessons encourage the designing and making of products to solve real and relevant problems. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics.
The importance of Art is evident throughout the school through the displays and the permanent works of art. We regularly work with DAISI on arts based projects to enrich the curriculum.
National Curriculum Art Programmes of Study https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-art-and-designprogrammes-of-study
In their music lessons pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Assemblies will also provide an opportunity to practise singing. Pupils will also be taught to play a variety of instruments musically and encouraged to play together in ensemble groups. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding. Music lessons are linked to Topic work and music is used in a variety of lessons and activities to create, mood, atmosphere and to help thinking. The Charanga music scheme will support our teaching of music across the school.
National Curriculum Music Programmes of Study:
Drama is used as a key tool in developing oral skills, vocabulary development, building confidence and self- esteem, and as an essential tool in developing imaginative, expressive, and persuasive spoken and written language. ‘Hot seating’, and ‘response in role’ drama techniques are used in literacy lessons aid the development of speaking and listening, reading and writing skills. Imaginative role play is fundamental to developing the whole child, and we develop this through a range of curriculum opportunities to perform to wider audiences including our annual nativity and school play. There are increasing opportunities for our pupils to perform as they progress through the school. We welcome a local theatre group into school as ‘artists in residence’ for a term every year. We recognise that drama plays an important part in developing resilience and confidence.