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Creative Arts

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At St. Joseph’s we use a wide range of materials creatively to design and make things. Children are encouraged to delve into their imaginations to develop their ideas and take inspiration from famous artists as well as share ideas amongst their peers. They create work through drawing, painting, collage techniques and sculpture to name a few.

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At Key Stage 1 and 2 the children work towards achieving each of the objectives from the National Curriculum.  These objectives maybe taught discretely or integrated through their chosen topic for that term.
Key Stage 1 Objectives:
  • I can produce creative work, exploring my ideas and recording my experiences

 

  • I can become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

 

  • I can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

 

  • I can use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

 

  • I can use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share my ideas, experiences and imagination

 

  • I can develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space

 

  • I know about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, and I can describe the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and make links to my own work.

 

Key Stage 2 Objectives:
  • I can produce creative work, exploring my ideas and recording my experiences

 

  • I can become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques

 

  • I can evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design

 

  • I know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and I understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.

 

  • I can develop my techniques, including my control and my use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

 

  • I can create a sketch book to record my observations and use it to review and revisit my ideas

 

  • I can improve my mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials (for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay)

 

  • I can talk about great artists, architects and designers in history.

 

Please click on the document below to access our 'Whole School Art Skills Progression Overview'.  

Music in the Curriculum

 

Weekly music lessons are firmly embedded within our timetables.  Children have the opportunity to learn to play tuned and untuned instruments musically through their music lessons and extra peripatetic lessons. Classes 3 and 4 are taught weekly by the Herefordshire Music service. They are currently learning the ukulele and having Samba drum lessons.  At Key Stage 1 and 2 the children work towards achieving each of the objectives from the National Curriculum.  These objectives are taught discretely and are also integrated through their chosen topics, where appropriate.

 

Key Stage 1 Objectives:

 

  1. I can use my voice expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes
  2. I can play tuned and untuned instruments musically
  3. I can listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music
  4. I can experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.

Key Stage 2 Objectives:

 

  1. I can play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using my voice and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  2. I can improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music
  3. I can listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  4. I can use and understand staff and other musical notations
  5. I can appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians
  6. I can develop an understanding of the history of music.
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Children at St. Joseph’s learn to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality music. This is not only through their Music lessons but also during registration/quiet times and others lessons such as ‘Big Writing’ where Mozart is played to aid the children’s concentration.

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We encourage children to experiment, create and combine sounds often using others subjects as their inspiration.

The Early Years children love taking their music outside!

Performing Arts

All children are encouraged to participate in the Key Stage productions to showcase their talents. The juniors always put on a spectacular show in the summer term, and in recent years they have performed reproductions of ‘A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream’ and ‘Alice in Wonderland’. The effort and enthusiasm put in by both children and staff is always remarkable. The audience are always left with the ‘wow’ factor, after crying with laughter to believing in the characters every word.

The infants' Christmas nativity is also one never to miss. The children always rise to the occasion and act so well, learning lines and songs to sing together, ensuring they develop their confidence to perform on stage.

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