St Marie’s Catholic Primary School
Curriculum Guide Expressive Arts Umbrella (PE- Dance/ Music/ SLCD/ Topic/ Literacy)“The Arts are an essential element of education, just like reading, writing and arithmetic… music, dance and drama are the keys that unlock profound human understanding and accomplishment”. William Bennett
At St Marie’s we work as musicians
Link to National Curriculum Music PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Music, PRIMARY national curriculum, Speech, Language and Communication.
At St Marie’s we believe in -
ensuring that all pupils:
Music lessons are delivered weekly by a HLTA who is trained specifically in Physical Education, Dance and the Performing Arts.
The teaching of Expressive Arts is delivered weekly across all year groups.
Children are taught to describe key characteristics as well as understand and use technical terminology and specialist vocabulary.
Whilst gathering together for whole school assemblies, children will listen to a wide range of songs, music, and performance work giving them a rounded and inspiring approach to their learning. The learning carried out within Expressive Arts time is linked to Topic work covered in class thus embedding this knowledge from the classroom into a practical and enriching setting, from which the children have thrived and grown.
Children will undertake independent tasks, as well as both partner and group work, providing lots of opportunity to perform in front of peers, evaluating and reflecting upon their own and other’s work.
Lessons focus on a wide range of performance based skills and understanding, including the following:
Planning of the curriculum is tailored towards three areas of progress:
The majority of children achieve age related expectations in music/ PE at the end of their cohort year. Evidence for this is gathered through pupil voice, observations and ongoing formative self/peer/teacher assessment. Assessment also takes place in the form of video assessment at the end of a unit.
KS2 children are invited to an Expressive Arts club which takes place weekly, culminating in numerous performances throughout the school year. Expressive Arts in a key feature of the wellbeing within our school with different activities such as yoga, dance/ aerobics and cheerleading clubs which take place at dinner times and afterschool providing valuable enrichment experiences for the children to continue to develop the skills they learn in their lessons.
What makes Expressive Arts successful at Saint Marie’s?
A good performer will:
Listens and responds to the stimulus/ theme they are presented with.
Expresses themselves through movement, mime, song, gesture and speech.
Shows growing confidence to perform in front of others, responding to and providing constructive feedback.
Uses skills such as improvisation/ hot seating/ freeze framing to react on the spot to a given theme/ task.
Communicates and collaborates as part of a team, listening to one another and playing a role in creating/ devising performances.
Perseveres and shows resilience when tasks are challenging, as well as showing an appreciation of good work and good examples.
Knows that movement/ acting/ singing does not always have one answer because there are lots of unique and creative outcomes and personal interpretation.