At Lawn, we feel that it is our responsibility to empower every child to achieve their full potential academically, socially and personally. All members of our staff and the Governing Body believe that the arts have a special focus at the centre of learning and we have placed great emphasis on this through the curriculum (we have a designated Arts link governor). Every child has the opportunity to express themselves creatively through performances, investigations and explorations. From the day children enter school in Reception, they dress up, role-play, make, build, sing, paint, draw and dance which continues throughout their primary career.
We understand that a diverse and creative curriculum can help raise attainment and accelerate learning by boosting a child’s confidence and self- esteem.
Three of the four core school values; confidence, resilience and excellence are all key to the Arts here at Lawn. Pupils develop these values daily through practice and in their self-belief so they can therefore go on to achieve excellence. Arts are highly valued at the school with the profile constantly being raised – pupils show case their talents, related certificates and awards in weekly celebration assemblies. Open-ended homework tasks allow pupils to choose the medium in which to produce and present their learning from art work to raps – pupil voice is well established at Lawn.
At Lawn we enable our pupils to experience a diverse curriculum, which is inclusive for all. Our curriculum is creative and cross-curricular. For instance, when teaching about history beyond living memory, the children in Year 1 invited their parents and grandparents into school and together created 3d clay models, hanging mobiles and collaged family trees to help develop an understanding of relationships and family beyond their time.
Our children in Year 3 have the Royal Ballet work alongside them and have the opportunity to perform in front of their parents.
This year we are developing art in maths, an area where we are seeking to develop creativity.
We know the curriculum is coherent and meaningful. It allows children to make connections across their learning which develops their interests and excites them. It makes teaching enjoyable for teachers and teaching assistants too.
Staff and children experience working with professional artists and arts organisations through visits out and through workshops and performances at school. The school has recently created an outdoor music percussion garden which can be easily and effectively used by all pupils regardless of musical background, knowledge and experience.
Pupils from Y2 upwards have a variety of funded instrumental lessons available to them. Most instrumental lessons are scheduled for a Friday afternoon.
Dance permeates the PE curriculum and Art links strongly across several subjects, often as part of a wider topic. At lunchtime, pupils attend dance clubs, both run by qualified coaches as well as running clubs themselves in addition to the ‘Singing playground’ initiative and the ‘Skip to be fit’ initiate which all contribute to their fitness and well-being. Whilst the school prides itself on the frequency and quality if its performances and productions, the school is currently enhancing the use of drama across the curriculum.
The Arts at Lawn is part of everyday life –therefore the arts permeate everything we do.