Creative Arts – curriculum information

At New Pastures Primary School the Creative Arts have an important place in our curriculum; we see it as a springboard for creativity and individual expression. Creative Arts activities enrich children’s learning and enable them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. We acknowledge that Art and Design has: shaped our history and will influence our future; contributed to our lives on an individual level; and heavily influenced culture, creativity and wealth of our wider society.

Intent

Our curriculum for the creative arts aims to ensure that all pupils have the opportunity to:

• Produce creative work, exploring existing ideas and their own.

• Record their experiences.

• Become proficient in singing, dancing, creating music, drama, drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.

• Discuss the arts and evaluate the work of both themselves and others in order to develop their vocabulary, expression, creativity, ideas and feelings.

• Learn about respected artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of different art forms.

Implementation

We ensure sufficient time is given to different creative arts in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study

The creative arts curriculum is coherent and shows progression, ensuring all children access at an age appropriate level. It allows children: the time needed to take inspiration from fantastic artists and practitioners; develop ideas; explore their feelings; analyse different art forms; and master techniques. In addition to scheduled art sessions, we also have creative arts after school clubs and external visits.

Impact

Children improve their mastery of techniques, such as drawing, painting and sculpture with materials. They have an awareness of the work of a range of artists, craftspeople and designers in history, and are able to describe the differences and similarities between different art forms, making links to their own work.

Ongoing assessments and monitoring of progression of skills take place throughout the year. Staff use this to inform their future planning and outcomes are reported to parents.

Children in Foundation Stage are assessed within Expressive Arts and Design using Tapestry and age related expectations are reported to parents at the end of the year.

Children learn to work both independently and as part of a group, ensuring skills of resilience and teamwork are promoted.

Our children gain confidence in their abilities. They show us that they look around for new ideas, use their imagination and show a willingness to do new things. Feedback given from performances given and displays are very complimentary.

‘I loved New Pastures Primary School because all of the teachers gave us confidence to come out of our shell.’…

Year 6 pupil comments

‘I enjoyed all my lessons I’ve had at New Pastures because the teachers made them interesting and they were always kind and helpful’…

Year 6 pupil comments

‘Overall through all of my years at New Pastures Primary School, the highlight has been the teachers and how kind they are. I will really miss here because I am going to secondary school – but my learning will go on!’…

Year 6 pupil comments

‘At New Pastures, I enjoyed how all the teachers were friendly, looked after us and made me happy to wake up in the morning, excited to come to school.’…

Year 6 pupil comments

‘I enjoyed New Pastures because the teachers are friendly and funny and will always help me if I get stuck with my work.’…

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