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. Most forms of expressive arts begin with sketching or drawing which is why these skills are our golden thread throughout KS1.

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 the work of their peers. Their experimental work and final artwork are recorded in individual sketchbooks which they build on throughout their time at Church Hill Infant School which gives value to their own artwork.  Work is displayed prominently around the school building for both children, staff and visitors to see.

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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 be innovative, 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.

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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.

Music is a universal language and gives children the opportunity to think creatively while inspiring them to develop a passion for listening to and composing their own musical pieces.

Within the Foundation Stage, children will sing a range of well-known nursery rhymes and songs. There will opportunities for the children to perform songs, rhymes, poems and stories with others, and – when appropriate – children will try to move in time with music.

In Key Stage One children use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Children will have access to both tuned and untuned instruments and will learn to play these musically. The children will listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and will begin to experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.


Oracy is woven into each music lesson to ensure children have the opportunity to talk about different styles and genres of music,  respond to unfamiliar music types and give opinions/discuss feelings about a piece of music. Subject specific vocabulary is identified for each year group, to ensure build up of language skills and to encourage the correct use of musical terminology.

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