At Croughton All Saints CofE, we believe creative arts is an essential part of school life as it includes practical engagement of all children as they learn how to paint, compose music, write or to dance, and as they progress through the school year their knowledge of each art form deepens.

We advocate the philosophy of “Tell me and I forget, show me and I may remember, let me do it and I will learn.”

Creative arts also develop the use of children’s imagination, the way that they respond to their own life experiences and the way they express and communicate their ideas. This can also help their physical development which includes performing confidently with good use of space for themselves and others while performing. Creative arts also involves children with different learning needs, audio, visual and kinaesthetic. The arts are taught as part of our Creative curriculum offer. We are also fortunate to employ an Art teacher who supports this teaching and delivers an after school art club. The lessons are designed to include all children and allow children to achieve their goals.

During a school topic where art is a key focus, each class displays work they have produced and the value of the process and allows children to comment constructively on each others work.

We believe music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.

Music lessons enhance children’s listening skills. Music also enhances group work as it aids inclusion because children, whatever their background or aptitude, have the ability to express themselves successfully in the classroom. Mutual respect and self-discipline is acquired during these sessions as children develop good relationships with each other.

We believe participation in music and its integration with other art forms provides a rich social environment for children. Performance and presentational work develops a close working relationship within the peer group.

We teach dance as part of our arts and PE offer. Dance education provides children with an artistic language of actions which, linked with their intellectual and physical growth, is transformed into a significant and meaningful mode of communication. Dance teaches children techniques in coordinating movements, inventing movements, remembering movements and then transferring the movements into a dance routine. During these sessions children are encouraged to use their whole body to do this.

We link drama and dance to enhance descriptive work of characters the children are portraying in English lessons. Drama links with literacy development and understanding as it enables children with the pronunciation of words and recitation from stories and poems. Pie Corbett believes that children should story map to remember plots in their stories. This is to help them when they are reciting stories to the class. He believes that this way helps develop a child’s memory as they only need their own interpretation of a picture to tell a story.

Each class is given the opportunity to perform in a class assembly, Nativity play or concert to celebrate their talents in the arts.