Our creative arts curriculum combines the core knowledge teaching of Art, Music and Drama. These are taught discretely, through our yearly cycles, and build upon each year. Each cycle, children work towards clear end points, and celebrate their outcomes through parental celebrations, workshops, galleries and presentations.
The foundation of our art, craft and design curriculum is taken directly from the Early Learning Goals and the National Curriculum. With the exception of Early Years, our children all use sketchbooks to document their learning and creative journeys; where they have the opportunity to record, review and revisit their ideas.
We then use the progression documents from our subject association NSEAD and our own progression of skills document to support or curriculum development further. These documents can be found below. We also use Access Art for lesson content inspiration which complement our own schemes of work, projects and lesson ideas.
Through art, craft and design we want to engage, inspire and challenge pupils by introducing them to a broad range of techniques, materials and artists, craftspeople and designers. We want to equip them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, explore, take risks, invent and create. It will enable them to be authentic and explore their own identity as well as being curious about respecting and connecting with others. Most importantly, we want them to foster a positive, life-long relationship with the subject and have fun.
We want our children to know that they are artists, craft makers and designers!
The roots of our curriculum will always focus on the knowledge and skills within our progression documents but we do link to other areas of the curriculum in meaningful, engaging and enriching ways. Our schemes of work are flexible in their content and outcome, to allow for creativity.
When considering the content of our art, craft and design curriculum we thought carefully about our locality and heritage. We have a range of significant artists who were born locally and these are referred to throughout our curriculum.
Art has the role in education of helping children to become like themselves instead of more like everyone else
Sydney Gurewwitz Clemens
A challenging sequence of curriculum knowledge within the music curriculum ensures children are able to distinguish sounds from a range of instruments, use voice to display a range of musical features, as well as learning how to write musical notation. This, alongside composer studies, allows children to develop an understanding of their culture, as well as others through the musical world.
Without music, life would be a mistake.
A bespoke creative arts curriculum enables pupils to be confident in themselves to speak clearly, develop their imagination and become skilled performers. Pupils will be confident and resilient in the rehearsal process and will improve empathy towards others, to enable them to engage positively with their peers.
When I was doing school plays, I loved it so much I didn't want it to end. I feel like I'm exactly the same as when I was doing plays at school, to be honest.