We believe that the arts engage our pupils and provides exciting opportunities for our children to develop their social skills and cultural understanding. All children have opportunities both in the curriculum and in extra-curricula activities to participate in visual art, dance, music, drama and creative writing. We pride ourselves on our provision and the fantastic opportunities we provide. We have been an Arts Mark gold school and are currently on our next Arts Mark journey to recognise the commitment we make to this area of the curriculum. In addition, we are also Arts Award registered and look to encourage more children to complete the Discover and Explore award in the future.
During each term, every child receives explicit art sessions and evidence of their learning is evident in the fantastic displays around our school. We are also fortunate to employ Nicola Burrell who is a full time artist and sculptor who works with our year 6 children once a week. During the course of the year, children will get to experience 6 different strands of visual art; drawing, painting, printing, collage, textiles and 3D. Once a year, we host an art show. This year, the children will be creating art for the show during one week of the summer term which they will then showcase to parents during a tea afternoon. Keep an eye out for a Parentmail to inform you of when this will take place!
We have a very strong core of performing arts that runs right through the school. From the year 3 annual Christmas production to the end of school year 6 production, the talent show and the yearly performances at Snape and at Dance East, we certainly celebrate and showcase the children’s talents! Mrs Miller runs a host of performing arts clubs throughout the year and alongside her, Sam Moss delivers bespoke dance lessons designed around our curriculum. We have recently introduced a boys only dance squad which is also proving to be very popular!
We have a dedicated music teacher and each child receives music lessons as well as the opportunity for 1:1 music tuition. The children’s achievements are celebrated during our Christmas and Easter concerts and our choirs perform regularly in the community throughout the year.
Writing across the school is inspired by a range of different stimulus - from film, to artwork to cross curricular links that develop understanding and empathy for others. Our gifted and talented writers are able to fine tune their writing in weekly workshops with the local author, Fred Sedgewick.