The Arts encompass a wide range of subject areas and disciplines including Music, Dance, Drama, Art and Design. The Arts at our school means providing our pupils with the opportunity to learn about and participate in each of these areas. It also provides them with the platform from which to be creative, to express themselves, find success and share these experiences, talents and abilities through performance.
At Woolden Hill Primary School we are committed to providing all children with the opportunities to engage and succeed in the Arts. We encourage children to share and explore both their own and new diverse cultural experiences within the Arts. We aim to enable children to achieve high standards through a creative and enriching curriculum. We are passionate about developing and promoting the Arts through an enjoyable, creative and cross-curricular approach. As well as focussed high quality teaching of the arts through our creative curriculum, we enrich our children’s learning and experiences of the Arts through a range of school time and after school opportunities. We are also committed to providing opportunities for our pupils to share and perform their abilities and talents in the Arts, both during a range of events in school and in the wider community. At Woolden Hill Primary School, we aim to ensure that all our children enjoy, thrive, succeed and achieve their potential in the Arts.
Children should be:
- Inspired by being immersed in different art forms throughout their journey through the school.
- Engaged within a variety of art forms on a regular basis in order to explore values, attitudes, feelings and meanings.
- Develop the ability to create, appreciate and make critical judgements about artworks.
- Encouraged to work independently and in teams, to share arts experiences and present artworks to others.
- Given opportunities to develop an understanding of the role of the arts in society including artworks of different cultures.
- To have an age appropriate theatre experience per Key Stage.
- To celebrate and share all that is achieved within the Arts with the school and wider community.
The Arts in Action
Creative learning is prioritised at Woolden Hill. We are currently working towards an award with Artsmark, to ensure that high quality Art provision is offered all pupils and gives them the opportunities to explore their potential in all aspects of the Arts. The following are some examples of the exciting opportunities offered to our pupils within school, after school clubs and for the wider community.
Peripatetic music lessons
We offer private keyboard, guitar and oboe music lessons. The children attend weekly lessons and have the opportunity to perform termly to their parents and the school.
Children in KS1 can take part in weekly recorder club. The children have opportunity to perform termly to the school during music assembly.
Rocksteady started at Woolden Hill in September 2018 and has been very popular both with pupils and parents. Pupils can enrol to become a member of a rock band. Pupils choose their instrument and have weekly band rehearsals (during school time). This group mixes instruments with performance and wellbeing. The rock bands perform every term to parents and the school.
Our school choir is open to all pupils in KS2. It is an after school club that runs every Wednesday. We have the fabulous Mrs Burns running the club, who is both a parent, music teacher and member of Leicestershire Music. The choir are asked to perform at many local events, including village fetes, church events and to the Senior citizens. This year the choir won the opportunity to sing at the Royal Albert Hall. This was a once in a lifetime experience to take part in the Music for Youths Proms, which comprised a wide range of musical groups from across the UK. Woolden Hill sang with Leceistershire Music by performing ‘Legends of the Sky’, which was a musical based on the legends from Griffydam, a village in Leicestershire.
The Arts Policy