The Arts

Art & Design Curriculum

The Park Street School’s art curriculum is designed to develop children’s understanding of the value and importance of art in reflecting cultures and the shape of history.

Children learn to respond emotionally to art and recognise its influence on other people’s emotions. They are able to question and develop their critical thinking skills as part of their response. Art is recognised as a key form of communication.

Teachers model critical thinking and use a range of technical language that enables children to express an opinion.

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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 Curriculum

Music is an important part of primary education, and it can enhance children’s knowledge-learning, well-being and confidence. We use Music Express for our curriculum.

National Curriculum Aims

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • 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