What we believe about the impact of Arts The arts provide the children with rewarding activities which aim to inform, inspire, stimulate and entertain. We believe that it is important to expose all children to the arts giving them a chance to see, hear and participate in a range of creative experiences. We believe that these experiences allow children to develop the capacity for innovative and flexible thought, to formulate and communicate ideas and feelings, and to perfect physical and perceptual skills. Redland primary school also believes that the arts play an important part in the development of the hidden curriculum, including enthusiasm, care, respect, tenacity, inspiration and ambition.It is a firmly held belief that the involvement of all pupils in activities such as Drama and learning a musical instrument has a positive effect on other areas of the curriculum and or pupil behaviour and their positive attitude to school.
- Art Children will have first hand experience of working with a wide range of materials and techniques. Their visual skills will be developed through drawing, painting, modelling and from direct observation. They will also be encouraged to be creative, imaginative, to express ideas and design and make artefacts. The children cover topics such as tone, colour, texture, etc. and the appreciation of famous artists and their work. The curriculum is also enhanced with opportunities to work directly with artists from the local community.
- Design Technology All pupils will have the opportunity to develop their technological skills through the use of construction apparatus and modelling techniques using a variety of materials including wood, textiles, card, etc. They are taught how to use appropriate tools safely. They will experience simple cooking methods and become aware of basic hygiene safety. An emphasis has been placed on the design skills and the children are encouraged to produce designs using a variety of materials. Children are taught to evaluate and assess their own work.
- Music Through singing and structured music sessions children are encouraged to enjoy music, to be creative and explore sounds and rhythms. They will learn simple notation and be encouraged through their music making to compose, record and perform their compositions. They will be given opportunities to listen and to develop an enjoyment of a wide variety of music. We also enjoy ‘live’ performances. More about Music at Redlands can be found in the Music Lessons Extra Curricular section of this website.
- Drama Drama is taught as part of the English curriculum but the potential links with the rest of the curriculum are numerous. Our aim is to involve all children actively, in working creatively together, in real and imaginary situations, whist exploring their own ideas and feelings. They will have opportunities to develop an empathy to express themselves and to problem solve.
- Dance In dance lessons children will be given the opportunity to explore the capabilities and creativity of their own body movements. This will involve independent and joint decision making with peers. The curriculum is also enhanced with opportunities to take part in dance workshops and work with professional dancers.