Deanesfield defines the Arts as creative and imaginative activity through drama, dance, music and visual art. The Arts are an essential part of the Deanesfield school day. Through the arts, we give children a range of experiences to captivate and motivate them, allowing them to creatively explore new ideas. Children with a range of abilities and needs have the opportunity to creatively express their ideas and emotions, and in turn progress both personally and academically.
“Art and design is not just a subject to learn, but an activity that you can practise: with your hands, your eyes, your whole personality." Quentin Blake, Illustrator and Children's Laureate.
We aim to give children a wide variety of high quality art experiences, using a variety of media for drawing, painting, printing, collage and sculpture that engage and challenge our pupils. Our scheme of work, developed from the national curriculum often takes inspiration from The National Gallery's 'Take One Picture' initiative, which includes aspects of appreciation, art history and experimentation. Artists and styles and cultures from around the world are studied. Our art lessons are incorporated across the curriculum, making learning fun and accessible for all pupils.
"Music is a powerful form of communication that can transform the way pupils feel, think and act."
We encourage children to appreciate all aspects of music. We aim to provide a sense of enjoyment and a positive attitude that inspires pupils to develop a love of music. Children develop skills in singing, composing and playing a range of instruments and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. We have a thriving school choir and the children have opportunities to perform in lots of local venues and also collaborate with other cluster schools in the area. In addition to timetabled music lessons, children have the opportunity to be tutored to play a musical instrument, further developing their love for music and potential talent.
At Deanesfield, performance is a key component to develop children’s confidence and allows them to express themselves appropriately. Children are actively encouraged to adopt, create and sustain a range of roles within drama and dance, and also share and respond thoughtfully to their own and the performances of others.
We believe that capturing the passion for the Arts is important and therefore we aim to provide all children with high quality arts provision and experiences in and out of school. Our planning and experiences are led by the interests of the children, celebrating their cultural backgrounds, giving them ownership over their learning experiences in the Arts.
Miss Locke - Arts Coordinator