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"The Arts are a child's first language..."
At Allens Croft, the arts are taught both as explicit skills sets in their own right and to support learning across the curriculum. Each discipline is taught with three core principles in mind, whether it comes under the umbrella of performing arts, visual arts or digital arts. The core principles are:
Across each of the arts disciplines, children have opportunities to create something that expresses their ideas, feelings or thoughts. This is then presented either formally through showcase performances or exhibitions. The children have opportunities to respond to excellent examples of art, music and performance and also experience evaluating their own creations as well as that of their peers as part of a cycle to develop and improve the quality of their work.
Children's learning is tracked longitudinally through their school career with us to ensure a smooth learning path. Ongoing formative assessment takes place each lesson in order to tailor subsequent lessons to match the needs of the groups of children in each class. This can include - but is not limited to - observational notes, digital recordings of performances and records of self and peer evaluation through our "Showcase" system.
In order to give our children a voice in decision making and suggesting ideas, we have established an Arts Council, who meet fortnightly to discuss relevant matters arising from each class. Each Key Stage 2 class has one representative, whose job is to gather the opinions and ideas of the children in their class and feedback at council meetings. They are also asked to perform various other responsibilities throughout the year, such as sitting on panels to respond to the quality of singing or drama work during our termly showcase opportunities.
Testimony From Our Arts Council
Our Arts Council wrote about some of the Performing Arts things we do at Allens Croft to explain it in their own words. Just click the link and scroll down the window below....
Design an Egg Easter Competition
To celebrate Easter the children were invited to bring in a decorated egg to try and win an Easter Egg. There were prizes for each class and some of the submissions were stunning! Well done Allens Croft!
Pride Rainbow Dance
The whole school took part in a celebration of diversity and acceptance. Each year group devised a piece of choreography to represent a colour of the rainbow, which was incorporated into one twelve-minute long whole-school performance.
LGBT "Rainbow Jumper" Drama workshop and Performance
"Because It's Me"
All of Key Stage 2 took part in a drama workshop to celebrate individuality, tolerance and acceptance. The children rehearsed and performed their pieces to year 3 and parents.
Jack: " It was great fun taking on a role, I think I rocked it!"
Explorer Day 2016
Children were plunged into the role of Antarctic explorers. They experienced what it would be like to 'kit-up' and brave the antarctic winds. They also hot-seated in role as Captain Scott, discussing what it would feel like to be beaten to the South Pole by Roald Amundsen.
Ukulele Classes and performances
Children in year 4 take part in Ukulele classes as part of the music provision for Allens Croft. They can then opt to continue their tutoring in years 5 and 6. This culminates with a performance at the Symphony Hall with other musicians.
We were awarded the GOLD Artsmark award by Arts Council England in October 2017. This demonstrates our commitment to putting arts and cultural provision at the heart of our school life. We hope to achieve Platinum level by the Summer of 2019.