We pride ourselves on the opportunities for art and music across the school having been awarded the school Gold award for excellence in music provision. We were delighted to become a ‘Music Mark School Member’ in recognition of the opportunities offered, teaching provided and achievements of our children.
“We would like to thank you for all the hard work you and your colleagues do to ensure that pupils at your school are able to access and engage with a high-quality music education. Your dedication to offering and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum is both welcomed and celebrated.
Music Mark works to enable our members, and the wider music education sector, to deliver high quality musical and social outcomes for all children and young people. My thanks for all that you are doing and will continue to do to support our collective vision.”
(Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive, Music Mark)
We have also been proud to hear one of our former pupils was accepted in to the Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra; we were delighted when she shared her experience and inspired our pupils via a ‘Violin Masterclass’ during the Summer term.
At St John the Baptist C.E. Primary School, we are proud to offer our children a wide range of musical experiences and a thorough music curriculum throughout their time at our school. This enables our children to leave the school understanding the wonder of music and the part music can play in their lives and has played in human society through history.
As part of the curriculum, all children receive excellent and engaging weekly music lessons from Mrs Salt, a specialist teacher from The Shropshire Music Service where they explore concepts of musical structure and compose their own music using a range of instruments and body sounds. There are weekly singing sessions, where the children learn a wide range of modern and more traditional songs, often linked to our core school values of love, hope and respect as well as their supporting values.
Through the musical opportunities available, children perform musical pieces for a range of audiences including in our daily Worship, Church Services, School Productions and at our annual School Fete. Many children are also part of our Young Voices choir and perform annually at the world’s largest school choir concert, at Resort’s World Arena, Birmingham with thousands of other children followed by performing at Shropshire Sings in the summer term.
Music is a broad and open-ended subject and as such gives all children the chance to take part. Where necessary and in accordance with a child’s needs they may be supported or an activity may be adapted to give them the opportunity to take part.
Music provides opportunities to solve problems, work independently, work as part of a group and be responsible for self-regulation. Therefore there is plenty of scope to give gifted and talented children the opportunity to extend their working and provide challenge for them.
All pupils in Year 3 learn to play the recorder and in Years 4 and 5 they learn the violin. All pupils in Year 4, 5 and 6 may choose to be included in our Percussion Ensemble; two groups play each week led by Mr Clowes, our percussion teacher. The tuition and instruments are provided by the school. Regular concerts and performances give our musicians the opportunity to play to an audience – including the much-loved Mince Pie Concert and the Summer Concert. The recorder ensemble accompanies singing in Worship each day.
Further information on the progression of music curriculum skills from EYFS to Key Stage Two can be found here:
The creative arts involve imagination and creativity, and include dance, movement and drama, as well as art and music.
Our curriculum for art includes a wide range of experiences, which are provided using a whole range of materials including observational drawing, colour mixing, painting, collage, model making, sewing and printing. Skills are taught and developed and the children are encouraged to discuss and listen to others, sharing ideas and modifying them in the light of experience, as well as enjoying and appreciating their own and other’s efforts.
The Pearl of Africa Children’s Choir has been a great highlight over recent years; the Choir spend the day in school, delivering art, craft, music and dance workshops – their energy and talent is always an inspiration which we invite the families and friends of our school to enjoy in the evening.
Art at St John the Baptist
At St John the Baptist CE Primary School, we believe that teaching art is integral to developing a child’s creativity as part of a broad and balanced curriculum. It stimulates their imagination and offers opportunities to explore and respond to the world around them. Our curriculum aims to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to explore the work of existing artists before creating their own pieces. We encourage our pupils to view art as a process that can evolve and change, reflecting an artist’s viewpoint as well as historical and cultural influences.
Our curriculum for art includes a wide range of experiences, which are provided using a whole range of materials including observational drawing, colour mixing, painting, collage, model making, sewing and printing. Key skills are taught and developed through engaging termly units. During these, the children are encouraged to discuss and share ideas for enjoyment, modifying them in the light of their experiences, as well as evaluate and appreciate their own and other’s work. We have ensured that pupils learn about a wide range of British and international artists through our planning.
Art Planning Overview
Art is taught termly and covers the following areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, textiles and printing (see below). Within the teaching sequence, work from significant artists/craftspeople is also explored to enhance and inspire the children. Further detail can be found within the rolling programme. Art books are used to allow the children time to engage with a piece of artwork or media type, as well as to record and reflect on their own ideas.
The above overview ensures that each child will have coverage of all 6 skill areas across the 2 year cycle no matter which class they are in. Each class teacher makes use of the Art Progression Document (see below) to ensure that all skills are covered across the cycle of skills. Each skill can be moved within the year if needed to fit in with topics in order to make the art cross curricular, but not moved to the next cycle. However, the context for each unit is decided by each class teacher to provide meaningful cross curricular links wherever possible. Following the above overview ensures a range of Art, Craft and Design across the 2-year cycle for each child.
We hold a dedicated Arts Week each year to take the opportunity to share a love of art beyond the curriculum with pupils; many examples of the artwork created can be seen around our school building. Other events which develop and showcase the children’s artistic skills include the Annual Homegrown Show and also Ruyton’s Got Talent – a KS2 favourite!