'The Expressive Arts'
The expressive arts enrich all areas of the curriculum, teach the children to be resourceful and imaginative, and they provide other ways for children to express their ideas and learning.
Art and Design
Our art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore making their own pieces of art, craft and design. The children are given the opportunity to explore using a wide range of tools and techniques, and to appreciate the different ways that Art is used to express and challenge.
The 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
At Richmond Park Primary School our children enjoy listening to a wide range of music. They join in with singing and listen to music as part of our daily collective worship, and they are taught to think about how music makes us feel and how music is used for different celebrations and traditional occasions. The children are given the opportunity to explore playing musical instruments both individually and as a class group, and they are instilled with a love of music and an appreciation for the skill involved in learning how to play a musical instrument.
Music is an important part of life at Richmond Park School. As a school, we work closely with the Carmarthenshire Peripatetic Music Service, who visit the school weekly to teach the children how to play various musical instruments, including recorders, clarinet, saxophone and the flute.
Each year, the children attend the Junior Proms and perform in front of capacity audiences. They practise their singing and musical instrument skills throughout the year in readiness for the event.
As well as this, children also attend various establishments to sing and perform for members of the public. We attend the Day Care Centre, BHS Stores and Tesco. Please take a look at the pictures below to see the children in action.
The 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Dance and Drama
Although not outlined as discrete subjects in the curriculum, the children use Dance and Drama within the teaching and learning of other subjects.
Dance is primarily covered within PE, where the children learn about different ways to move their bodies, perform dances using simple movement patterns and compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
Drama is used in both PSHE lessons and Literacy lessons, to help the children to explore different character roles, and to practise reading dialogue aloud. They also learn to work as a team during Dance and Drama activities, building both confidence and strong working relationships.