The Creative Arts
The Arts are an excellent vehicle for teaching and learning across the curriculum and teachers are encouraged to look for opportunities throughout their planning to use the arts in this way. We also recognise the ability to build self confidence and self esteem through creative arts activities and opportunities to build up collaborative skills and team work.
The children are fortunate to have dedicated arts activities as part of their weekly curriculum.
ART AND DESIGN
Children are given the opportunity throughout the school to build up their visual arts skills. Children look at printing, drawing, painting, textiles and 3D methods. They also study famous artists and art movements.
We have been able to partner with expert potters to enrich our art and history curriculum.
Great emphasis is put on the enjoyment and value of collective music making and singing, as well as realising each child’s musical potential. Music is used creatively to support the wider curriculum and a high standard is encouraged at each level. From time to time, the opportunity arises for children to learn individual musical instruments eg ukulele, djembe drums, recorder and piano.
Drama is used across the curriculum to aid our learning. In PSHE the use of drama has been an excellent vehicle for the children to explore their feelings, relationships and look at managing their behaviour. Through role playing scenarios or using characters to express their own emotions, children have had the space to think about how their actions could be different.
For several years the school has also linked up with other small schools to watch plays performed by M&M theatrical productions (www.themagicoftheatre.com). This theatre company is trusted to put on quality productions which the children enjoy and with which they engage fully. These plays are then used as a launch pad for drama and literacy activities. In March 2015 the whole school watched Alice in Wonderland and in March 2016 they saw Oliver Twist.
Nunney School has recently invested in a bank of ipads which will help to develop our digital arts skills.
HOW WE CELEBRATE THE ARTS
- At Christmas the children put on a production involving singing, dance and drama.
- Displays around the school celetrate the children’s learning.
- Each year we hold an Arts week which culminates with a celebration of all the week’s learning attended by family and friends.
- The Ukulele Club has performed at events such as the Harvest Festival and Christmas Fayre.
- Each Friday a celebration assembly is held with children being awarded certificates for achievements across the curriculum, including the arts.