At Christ Church Primary School we believe that the Arts encompass a wide range of subject areas and disciplines including Music, Dance, Drama, Art and Design. Arts at our school means providing our pupils not only with the opportunity to learn about and participate in each of these areas, but also providing them with the platform from which to be creative, to express themselves, find success and share these experiences, talents and abilities through performance.
At Christ Church Primary School we are committed to providing all children with the opportunities to engage and succeed in the Arts, regardless of background, language and or special needs through high quality, adaptive teaching. We encourage children to share and explore both their own and new diverse cultural experiences in the Arts. The school’s commitment to inclusion is further detailed in our equal opportunities and inclusion policies.
We are passionate about developing and promoting the Arts through an enjoyable, creative and cross curricular approach. As well as focussed high quality teaching of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study in classes, we enrich our children’s learning and experiences of the Arts through a range of school time and after school specialist club opportunities.
We are also committed to providing opportunities for our children to have a voice within school; our student council meet every half term to discuss current issues within school including the Arts. An idea led by the student council was to have an annual ‘Christ Church has Talent’ contest. Each year group holds auditions in the Spring Term and the winners go on to a final where they can share and perform their abilities and talents in any of the Arts to the whole school.
At Christ Church Primary School, we aim to ensure that all our children enjoy, thrive, succeed and achieve their potential in the Arts.
At Christ Church Primary School we strive to remain an Artsmark school.
The arts curriculum is taught in a flexible way throughout the school. Within each Key Stage and Year Group, art, music and dance are taught both explicitly and through cross-curricular links. Dance is taught explicitly in Key Stage 1 and 2, both by school staff and by specialist teachers through our links with EdStart dance specialists. Such specialist teaching also serves as high quality INSET for our own staff, who are always present during lessons. All arts subjects are also taught in a more holistic manner though performing arts opportunities and creativity in curriculum planning.
In both Key Stages the arts are taught both explicitly and through a cross curricular, thematic approach to learning. The use of art to express thoughts, responses and understanding is developed through the study of texts in the Power of Reading, in English.
Pupils’ entitlement to arts provision is guaranteed in three ways:
For all children to engage, progress, enjoy and express themselves through a variety of art forms, to explore values, attitudes, feelings and meanings.
Learning outcomes are identified for each lesson. Assessment opportunities are identified within the weekly planning and are measured against the criteria set for the learning outcomes. Assessment in the arts can take various forms:
Pupils’ progress in the arts is reported regularly through consultation with parents, progress captured on Arbor and the annual report.