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:
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: