Art encompasses many areas of the curriculum and gives the children the opportunity to express themselves in many ways. Children experience many different art forms such as drawing, painting, printing, textiles and collage. Children are also given the opportunity to explore art through digital sources such as the internet and graphics packages. In school children study the arts and crafts of people from different times and cultures and are introduced to the work of famous artists. We encourage children to evaluate their own work and that of others. The art displays around school celebrate the achievements of pupils. We aim to inspire artists of the future!
Design technology gives children the opportunity to develop their own ideas and test these. Children make links to real life and create an original product with a user and purpose in mind. They are given opportunities to continually evaluate their products and use this to improve their designs. Children learn how to use a variety of tools and equipment and they are encouraged to design, make and test original ideas. From working in this way they gain practical skills, knowledge and understanding of a variety of materials. They work with wood, recycled materials and food technology. Experiences are linked with other subject areas such as science and art. Design technology gives children the opportunities the work of other designers. We aim to inspire designers of the future!
Geography involves the study of people and places in the locality and further afield. It inspires in pupils a curiosity and fascination about the world and its people. Pupils will have a growing knowledge of the world and an understanding of the interaction between physical and human processes. Pupils will develop geographical knowledge, understanding and skills through their study.
History is a study of time and change. Pupils will gain an understanding of Britain's past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils' curiosity to know more about the past. Major historical events and periods are covered with reference to people alive at the time. Children carry out local studies in which they trace historical influences within their local area. History helps pupils to understand peoples lives, the process of change, different societies and the relationships between different groups, aswell as their own identity.
Music plays an important part in the life of our school. It is presented as an enjoyable group activity that encourages participation and co-operation. Our musical activities draw from a variety of sources specially designed to stimulate enjoyment and encourage children to make their own music. They are taught to sing, to develop listening skills, to move in time to music and to participate in musical games. They learn how to join in with the creation of music, playing instruments and composing simple tunes of their own which may be linked to other areas of the curriculum.