Creative Arts Cluster
‘The Arts are like your backbone. You may be able to survive without your backbone, but what quality of life would you have?’ Sir Simon Rattle
At Bedfont Primary School, we believe that Creative Arts education is an essential part in sculpting pupils into well-rounded, balanced and unique individuals. The creative arts, in all forms, embody the highest forms of human creativity. The provision of the creative arts within school is a foundation for a lifelong source of pleasure and enjoyment. They offer insight into other people’s values and beliefs, allowing the individual to understand and express opinions about their world.
What are the Creative Arts?
At Bedfont Primary School, we value the Arts as a fundamental part of a broad and balanced curriculum and define the arts as music, dance, drama, art, design technology and curriculum enrichment. Oracy is incorporated throughout all clusters. ICT in various forms may also be included. We believe that the arts offer opportunities for the children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world. Through experiencing the arts, children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence.
Our aims at Bedfont Primary School are to:
Instil a love of the creative arts that develops an appreciation of the arts that will last a lifetime.
Give pupils the opportunity to experience and explore the vibrancy, visual and sensory qualities that the creative arts subjects deliver.
Develop a broad, balanced and inspiring creative arts curriculum which enables all pupils to succeed and achieve.
Allow our children to experiment and take risks in a ‘safe’ environment where there are no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ results, thus, both self-expression and self-esteem may be enhanced.
Inspire and encourage children to express themselves creatively and imaginatively using a wide range of media and situations.
Provide high quality creative arts experiences and resources for our pupils.
Openly promoting creative arts subjects as a possible further study or career choice.
Develop their appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage within the school and local community.
Celebrate effort, progress and creative achievements through assemblies, on our virtual gallery ‘Padlet’, displays, exhibitions and enrichment activities, such as trips out and competitions.
In the Early Years, creative arts is an important part of the Development Matters curriculum. ‘Expressive arts and design’ is one of the seven key areas of the curriculum, which focuses on music, art and being imaginative. Children will be exposed to activities such as exploring mixing coloured paints, engaging in simple role-play activities with peers, making things with different materials, and exploring how musical instruments sound. Every day children are encouraged to join in with dancing games, singing nursery rhymes, drawing simple pictures and acting out familiar experiences in role-play areas (such as home corners, shops, doctors).
Drama is an important cross-curricular tool that can be used to enrich and enhance many foundation subjects in the National Curriculum. For example in Literacy, children develop their oracy skills through speaking, listening, group discussion and drama. When learning about different stories and characters, Drama can be used to support children’s understanding of characters by working in role and adapting stories for performance. Drama can also be used in subjects like History by acting out famous battles or taking on the role of a famous person. As part of the Primary National Strategy, Drama helps in three key areas of ‘developing skills in Drama’, ‘teaching children to participate in performance’ and ‘reflecting on work in progress and evaluating at the end’. It is vital for children to develop specific skills in Drama, such as directing others or using facial expressions and body language to convey emotions, as well as being used for learning in different subjects.
Art and Design is a foundation subject of the National Curriculum (2014) and an important part of developing our children’s ability to develop their individual creativity, express their ideas and understanding and to work both individually and collaboratively with others. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in art and design, we implement an engaging curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Each year group plans art and design as part of a half-term or termly topic linking to our art and design curriculum map. Teachers use the National Curriculum, Access Art and NSEAD documents to plan lessons. Children are working towards becoming proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques. Children develop an awareness of the visual and tactile elements including; colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space. They develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers. They increase their critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and analyse works using the language of art and design. Children are given opportunities to take part in school art and photo competitions. At the end of every term, all children contribute towards our art theme displays which provide wonderful opportunities to bring the whole school together.
Music is an important part of our curriculum at Bedfont Primary School because it is a powerful and unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It also increases self-discipline and creativity. Through high quality lessons and resources our music curriculum allows every child to experience performing, listening to and reviewing music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. EYFS and KS1 will be following the highly engaging lessons via Charanga. A specialist teacher will be working with the year 3 pupils to teach them how to play the ukulele. Year 4,5 and 6 have the exciting opportunity to learn how to correctly play Djembe drums, taught via a specialised teacher. The teaching method employed will vary according to the age, ability and experience of the children and according to the skill being taught. Our music curriculum aims to evoke a creative response to music through experimentation, provide activities that develop musical concepts and skills sequentially and develop awareness of different cultures and traditions through their music.
Design and technology is an important part of our curriculum at Bedfont Primary School because it is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
At Bedfont Primary School, we recognise that children have an entitlement to all aspects of the Creative Arts offered within the curriculum, regardless of race, gender or disability. Pupils with SEN are encouraged and supported where appropriate to be fully integrated into all creative arts based activities.
Please visit our school virtual gallery to see our children’s creative work: