At Probus School, Art, Design, Music and Drama are interwoven through our Cornerstones Curriculum.
Art, craft and design embody some of the highest forms of human creativity. A high quality Art and Design curriculum should engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works of art, craft and design.
We believe art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
The National Curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Music and Drama are integral parts of a broad and balanced arts provision for all of our pupils and are taught within our Cornerstones curriculum. These subject areas are highly motivating and rewarding for children as they provide invaluable opportunities to freely and creatively, communicate ideas and emotions. Drama and music allow pupils to experience different cultures and times as well as forging important links both with home, and the wider community. In turn, music and drama can help to develop a sense of group identity and unity as well as encouraging the development of individual skills and interests.
The learning of drama is enhanced in a variety of ways by visits from touring theatre companies, and theatre in education practitioners such as drama and movement specialists and story tellers. Opportunities to perform in a range of contexts both within and beyond school through class assemblies, drama workshops, partnerships and community performances enable our children to enhance their skills.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.