We have previously received a Gold Artsmark in recognition of the importance attributed to this area and the breadth of opportunities on offer to the children. The Arts are developed through the creative curriculum and also through clubs and enrichment opportunities provided for the children. Annual enrichment weeks are also planned for the Arts when we welcome in outside visitors and artists in residence. We contribute to local and national celebrations of pupils’ work and have won competitions and have had work on display around the County. We hold an annual performance of either a concert or dramatic production.
Art and Design
We teach Art and Design through our topics in a way that aims to stimulate imagination and creativity. Our planned curriculum provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, think and feel through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials, media and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed choices and judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, the children can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enrich all our lives.
The school often welcomes visiting Artists, Theatre groups and Dance teachers. Children from KS2 perform a school play and concert during the year, with KS1 taking part in the Nativity at the Carol Concert in church. Reception and Nursery do a Christmas performance in school. Drama and dance are also a natural part of our curriculum as well as being developed through clubs.