Creative Arts (Art, Dance, Music)
At Birch Hill we aim to support the development of both those talented in the arts and those who use art to broaden their understanding of other areas of the curriculum as well as a platform to improve their wellbeing. The process of engagement in the arts results in increased confidence and improved self-esteem for children.
Art and Design
Art and Design has a very important place in our curriculum, we see it as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression. Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Our curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils can:
- Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record their experiences.
- Become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques.
- Evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design.
- Know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art form.
Art and design activities enrich children’s learning and enables them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them.
At Birch Hill we are working to ensure that sufficient time is given to Art and Design, in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. The Art and Design curriculum shows progression, allowing time for children to take inspiration from the greats, develop ideas and master techniques. We have participated in programmes such as ‘Take One Picture’ which have proved to be extremely successful and we are looking at other programmes to help our school support the arts further.
In order to help the children achieve their goals and meet the expectations of the curriculum we ensure our teaching gives the pupils :
- The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.
- The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.
- The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.
- The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D,3D or digital media.
- An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.
- The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.
- Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.
- The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.
- The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.
- A passion for and a commitment to the subject.
Through dance (which is provided during indoor PE lessons), our learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Creating and performing are core activities for all learners, and taking part in dance contributes to their physical education and physical activity. Learners develop their technical skills and the quality of their movement, and use their imagination and skills to create and choreograph dance sequences. We also offer an after school dance club for all ages.
Music provision has become a very high priority to shaping our pupils into being well-rounded, knowledgeable individuals. It is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We ensure that children are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. With progression, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen without discrimination to a wide repertoire of music.
Our curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils can:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Through music, learners have further rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music are prominent activities for all learners.
We ensure that sufficient time is given to music in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. Music planning is personalised to the needs of our children and is in rich in cross-curricular themes and outcomes; it challenges them and builds on previous learning. To further support this, we use a range of new technologies to realise or enhance their composition and performance, and to promote their understanding of how music works. To further enhance musicianship and creativity, children take part in weekly singing assemblies, school choir club, along with concert experiences, and informal visits throughout the year. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music in making a contribution to any one of our internal school performances and our attendance at a number of external music festivals. Through these activities they develop their vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions.
We truly recognise the value of music in both curricular and extra-curricular teaching and learning. Music provides children with an outlet to express themselves creatively, appreciate different styles of music, learn a new instrument or experiment with their voices.
At Birch Hill Primary we offer:
- Weekly class music sessions
- A well established and successful choir
- Violin Tuition
- Experience with recorder
We want our music provision to impact our children in the ways listed below. We want our children to become musical, creative pupils. In order to achieve that, our children will show:
- A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.
- Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.
- An understanding of the historical, social and cultural origins of music.
- The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.
- A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.