Music and the Expressive Arts
Statement of Intent: Music and the Expressive Arts
At the heart of our holistic and innovative curriculum is the development of the expressive arts: music, media, art and design, dance and drama. As a UNICEF Rights Respecting School, we believe that all children should have access to a broad range of learning opportunities, in order that they might discover and develop their own individual talents and interests and to foster confidence, self-expression and a growth mindset. We aim to nurture all children’s talents, so that they are very well prepared for the next stage of their education. Our work to promote the expressive arts is perfectly encapsulated in our school vision.
Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.
Our exciting curriculum aims to immerse children within the chosen theme, providing authentic learning experiences that are relatable and meaningful for children. Across all phases, opportunities are provided for children to engage positively in discussion and debate; to learn a musical instrument to express themselves through singing, music and movement and through opportunities to explore art and design. We carefully plan experiences that are engaging, rich and stimulating, for example: Year 5's 'Golden Threads' singing and art workshops; Year 4's 'Say Cheese' media project and Year 6's visit to the Polka Theatre to watch 'Twist'.
You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people.
You have the right to get information that is important to your well-being from TV, radio, newspaper, books and computers. An adult should make sure that the information you are getting is not harmful.
We work closely with the Merton Music Foundation to develop arts opportunities within our school and are very excited to have achieved the Gold Arts Mark in September 2022.
Please click on the links below to find out more about our work with Merton Music Foundation and to view our progression of skills maps for music.
Children's progress and attainment in Music is continually assessed through a range of means, including performance in a group or individually, using timing, pitch and tone, children's proficiency in playing a musical instrument and an ability to recall musical terminology. Self, peer and teacher assessment strategies are used throughout the year and is reported to parents and carers in termly consultation evenings and in end of year reports.