Creative Arts

Art and Design

Creativity is woven throughout the entire curriculum, and children have opportunities to create, discuss and reflect on art and design in their topic work.

Children begin by having practical opportunities on a daily basis in Foundation Stage. They practise the skills needed to combine materials, to experiment with different media, and to use art as a form of expression. These skills are then built upon and refined across subsequent year groups.

Children have opportunities to work both individually and collaboratively. They are taught to appreciate different forms of Art and Design by studying various artists and designers, and make use of their theoretical knowledge to influence their own work.

Children’s work is celebrated as a whole school – children are encouraged to feel proud of both their own work and each others, as work is displayed prominently around the school building for both children, staff and visitors to see.

Key Skills Progression Document Art And Design

Design and Technology

Design and technology gives children the opportunity to think creatively and become confident problem solvers. Our children will be taught that the design process is just as important as the product itself and they will be encouraged to evaluate and improve upon their design. They will work alone and with others on design projects.

Within the Foundation Stage, children are encouraged to develop their cutting, joining and model making skills. They have access to different tools, materials and construction kits to help them learn and practise new skills. Our children enjoy cooking and we value the importance of them learning simple cooking skills and techniques, as well as the importance of eating healthily.

In Key Stage One children will experience different aspects of Design and Technology including textiles, food preparation, construction kits and model making. In addition to developing their practical skills, children are also expected to design and evaluate their own work. Children are encouraged to use design and technology skills in other areas of the curriculum; for example using their writing skills as part of the planning and design process or applying their maths skills when measuring materials.

Key Skills Progression Document Design and Technology

Music

At Church Hill Infants our music curriculum intends to inspire creativity, self-expression and encourages children to build their passion for different musical experiences. As an infant school, music plays a huge role in our day to day school life. Music underpins the foundation of learning in early reading and phonics and these key skills transfer across to other core subjects. Within our curriculum we expose children to a diverse range of musical styles including traditional songs and instruments from other countries. This develops an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students own individuality, as well as ethnicities from across the world. With many cross curricular opportunities, music is weaved into the curriculum including in computing, geography, child-led play and British values.

The music curriculum ensures that students have the opportunity to sing, listen, play, perform and evaluate. This is embedded in the explicit teaching of music as well as in singing assemblies, various concerts, performances and the teaching of instruments. We also look for links to music in other areas of the curriculum such as history and geography. We provide children with the opportunity to connect with others by developing their teamwork and listening skills. The teaching of music promotes our school values through working collaboratively and showing resilience. We provide the children with the platform to build on their own unique talents and through positive encouragement we give children the confidence to share and perform their talents with an audience.

Key Skills Progression Music