Art offers children the opportunity to develop their creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. The children are given opportunities to use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers and learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
Music is an important part of the curriculum. Skills learnt in music help children to achieve well in both literacy and numeracy. In musical activities, the children develop understanding and enjoyment through learning to perform and compose and appraise their own music. We aim to increase the children’s knowledge of musical history and music from other cultures by encouraging them to listen and appraise live and recorded music. The school has a music room that contains a good selection of musical instruments for class use. Children in Year 3 take part in a wider opportunities scheme in which they learn a musical instrument as part of their music curriculum. Currently this is the ukulele.
In addition to the normal music curriculum we have a tradition of excellent extra-curricular opportunities in this field. From year 3, children have the opportunity to learn an orchestral instrument during school hours - tuition is provided by the Aylesbury Music Service and is charged at a subsidised rate.