The Arts

What does The Arts include?

The Arts at Mossgate encompasses: Art & Design; Music & Singing, Drama and Dance. In addition we include opportunities to write and use technology creatively across the curriculum.

What do we believe?

We believe that The Arts are so important because of the positive contribution they make to the quality of life for children & the unique opportunity offered by the arts for creative self-expression, where they can never “be wrong” and can fully take ownership of the process of learning and the outcomes of their work.

We believe that The Arts are so important because whilst they provide rich sensory learning in the Arts subject itself, they enhance and enrich learning in non-arts subjects, have the potential to reduce barriers to learning and support the development of language for thinking & explanation.

We believe that The Arts are so important because they provide uniquely powerful experiences; transporting children beyond the here and now; inspiring them to achieve highly and developing children’s self-confidence, well-being and appreciation of The Arts within the culturally diverse world we live in.

We believe that The Arts are so important because the world we live in is enhanced and enriched by The Arts in our everyday lives. We believe that all children should have the opportunity to explore and develop personal skills in these subjects, and that those with a special talent or interest should be identified and nurtured in order to develop their skills further and to support their future ambitions which may involve pursuing a career as a musician, artist, craftsperson, dancer, writer or film maker. Alternatively such support and nurturing may simply lead to an individual who benefits personally from a lifelong interest in The Arts.

Art & Design

At Mossgate Primary School Art & Design is an enjoyable learning experience where we enable children to love Art, either through looking at the work of artists or through engaging in creating works of art for themselves. Whilst equipping children with skills & techniques we believe strongly that children should learn to value the process of being creative, with exploration & experimentation a key feature of their work. Therefore a single final product at the end is not the only outcome but a series of sketches, designs, models, photographs along the journey are equally if not more important.

Drawing & Painting lie at the heart of our Art teaching. Children throughout the school have a personal sketchbook where they can respond to different stimuli, within Art lessons inside & outdoors, including taking these on trips to record the visual experiences they have beyond the school. Sketchbooks provide a place to record observations, to communicate the child’s growing aesthetic awareness, to develop art processes & techniques and to record evaluations of their own work and that of others including artists, designers & craftspeople studied.

We aim to bring local artists in on a regular basis to inspire the children & staff, & to share their expertise & enthusiasm.

We are able to offer a nationally accredited award: Arts Award, having two trained members of staff who can deliver this to groups of children, often through after school clubs.

 

Art & Design Aims

At Mossgate Primary School our aim is that all children:

  • 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.

 

Music

At Mossgate Primary School Music is an enjoyable learning experience where we enable children to love music, either as a listener or participant in making music. We encourage children to take part in a variety of musical experiences through which we aim to build confidence and a range of skills.

Singing lies at the heart of our music teaching. Children 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 and use technology appropriately. We believe that music enriches the lives of people, and so we wish to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. Singing & musical performances are included in a performance every Christmas. In Key Stage One this is part of a Christmas Play & in Key Stage Two this is part of a Christmas Concert, both performed to parents.

We have a strong partnership with a local community based music organisation; More Music and we work regularly with one of their musicians to further enhance the musical learning experiences of all children. Children in Years 1, 3, 4 & 5 have a one hour session with this musician for six weeks in the Spring Term each year culminating in a performance for parents and/or other classes. In addition the musician runs an after school music club for Key Stage One children in the Spring Term each year.

We have a long tradition of taking part in both the KS1 & 2 Lancaster & District Singing Festival each year where children learn a themed repertoire of songs, have access to a session with a local singing teacher, sing with other local primary schools, experience singing with a live band to a large audience & see/hear other musical performances at the evening concert which is always a very special event.

 

Music Aims

At Mossgate Primary School our aim is that all children:

  • 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Mrs B Booth – The Arts Subject Leader

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