Creative arts includes English (drama, poetry, creative writing), visual arts, dance, music.
In Reception the children follow the Early Years Foudation Stage Curriculum (2013). In Year 1 and Year 2 the children follow the New National Curriculum (2014), which we use at Little Gonerby as the basis for our broad, balanced and project based curriculum.
Through Drama children will be able to participate in and gain knowledge, skills and understanding associated with the artistic practice of drama. They will be given opportunities to improvise, devise and script for one another and a range of audiences.
As part of the English National Curriculum children will have opportunities to listen to and discuss a wide range of poems. They will learn to appreciate rhymes and poems reciting some by heart and with appropriate intonation to make the meaning clear.
Children are encouraged to read and write a range of genres which includes creative writing. Story writing helps to develop the children's story structure, grammar and punctuation skills. The children will be guided in writing their own version of stories; this involves planning, exploring characters and settings and drafting and redrafting their work. Throughout this process teachers are aiming to encourage children to develop skills in story structure, sentence structure, description and punctuation.
Visual Arts is part of the National Curriculum for Art and includes forms such as drawing, painting, print making, design, photography, video, film making and craft.
In education, Art is important as it can give young people a sense of the satisfaction that comes from working to create something. The National Curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils;
* produce creative work
* evaluate and analyse creative works
* know about great artists, craft makers and designers
* become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art and craft techniques.
The National Curriculum for Dance should provide opportunitites for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness and builds character.
Pupils should be taught to;
* perform dances using a range of simple and more complex movement patterns
* develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
* compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
The National Curriculum encourages Music to be taught regularly and to be integrated within other subjects. It should build on pupils experiences and provide them with opportunities to learn about music as well as through music; including regular singing as well as having access to live and recorded music. Essentially the purpose of study is to learn through practical and first hand experiences, creativity and inter related processes.
Music plays a big part in our day at Little Gonerby School in order to engage and inspire the children in their love of music and their musical talents; and also to develop their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
In all classes singing plays a significant role in warming our brains and bodies up ready for learning, and in teaching concepts in an engaging and fun way. We use our voices expressively and creatively to sing songs, say chants and rhymes. We also love to involve singing in our worship times too.
We sing songs as a whole school and perform at St Wulfrum's Church during special services such as Harvest, Christmas, Lent, Easter and the Leavers' service. The school choir enjoys performing in concerts and other special events, as well as entertaining residents at a local nursing home. The Year 2 children sing in the George Centre at Christmas time to bring cheer to all the busy shoppers. Both years 1 and 2 are invited to join choir which takes place on a weekly basis.
We enjoy using many different percussion instruments at school to create and compose. We create musical patterns, explore different musical sounds and think about aspects such as pitch, duration, dynamics and tempo. Sometimes we work as a whole class in our music lessons, sometimes we work in groups and we also occasionally work on our own. In Year 2 children have the opportunity to play the recorder.
As well as performing and composing, we also spend time listening to the works of great composers and musicians and talking about different types and styles of music through time. We often talk about how music makes us feel and may use this in our work.
We have different music played in our classroom for tidying up, getting ready for PE and for settling down to complete our activities.