At St Benedict’s we believe the arts should be central to a well-rounded education. We believe in a creative learning culture, where all pupils are given the appropriate learning opportunities, which enable them to develop in confidence and express their feelings through dance, drama, music, art and design. Our focus is that ‘every child will delight in creativity, experience the joy of discovery and develop a sense of awe and wonder.’ Through a creative and cross curricular approach we aim to ensure that ‘every child will feel special and valued as an individual with unique gifts and talents.’
Throughout the school calendar, pupils are given the opportunity to perform in a variety of contexts for different purposes: from harvest celebrations, to the KS1 nativity and the KS2 end of year play. We also take pride in showcasing our talents in the community; our Christmas service at St Benedict’s Catholic Church; our annual singing of Christmas Carols at the retirement home and taking part in the annual Wilmslow School’s Music Festival.
In Key Stage 1: Children will be taught to use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes, to play tuned and untuned instruments musically, to listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music and experiment with, create, select and combine sounds using the inter-related dimensions of music.
In Key Stage 2: children will be taught to sing and play musically with increasing confidence and control. They should develop an understanding of musical composition, organising and manipulating ideas within musical structures and reproducing sounds from aural memory.
Key stage 1: Children will be taught to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products, to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination, to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space and about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work
Key stage 2: Children will be taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.
Key stage 1 & 2:Through a variety of creative and practical activities, children will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They will work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment].
As part of their work with food, pupils should be taught how to cook and apply the principles of nutrition and healthy eating. Instilling a love of cooking in pupils will also open a door to one of the great expressions of human creativity. Learning how to cook is a crucial life skill that enables pupils to feed themselves and others affordably and well, now and in later life