Throughout the last academic year, Bill Quay Primary School has been striving towards achieving the nationally acclaimed Artsmark Gold Award for celebrating excellence in the arts. This covers four key areas: Art, craft and design, Music, Drama and Dance.
We aim to demonstrate our commitment to the arts by evaluating, strengthening and celebrating our arts and cultural provision.
Our over-arching Arts Policy covers the subject areas of Art, Craft and Design, Dance, Drama and Music, and it supports and underpins the thriving and exciting work in the arts, which enriches our school community on a daily basis. It is a statement of the school’s commitment to the arts and the creative development of all pupils. Bill Quay Primary School firmly believes that the arts are central to our pupils’ lives, enabling them to become successful learners, confident Individuals, and responsible citizens, with pupil voice playing an important role in decision making processes. We aim to provide pupils with the opportunity to experience and participate in a wide range of high quality activities throughout the curriculum, including those which celebrate cultural diversity, with the hope that we can be leading members in promoting the arts.
We identify opportunities to enrich each subject area by working with professional artists and visiting cultural venues as appropriate. Opportunities for cross-curricular work are also identified where the arts are used across a wide range of subjects. We also provide a wider range of creative opportunities outside the curriculum, e.g. after school clubs.
At Bill Quay, the curriculum is taught creatively and many cross-curricular links are made, aiming to consolidate and build upon learning in all areas. Creative weeks and the calendar of celebration extend the opportunities to engage in arts activities during curriculum time. In addition to the timetabled provision for the arts, all pupils in the school regularly rehearse for and participate in whole school performances and assemblies. Pupils in all key stages receive additional arts time, through participation in celebration events and dedicated arts days. The majority of extra-curricular activities are offered after school. Clubs are provided for all pupils in EYFS/KS1 and KS2, regardless of ability. Clubs offered include: Choir; Lego Construction and Storytelling; Drama Club and Art and Craft club. Finally, peripatetic teachers are used to teach music and art and arts organisations are also invited into school to promote all areas of the arts.