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The Arts in St Bede’s

The arts stimulate creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. The school uses a variety of teaching and learning styles in all aspects of the arts. We believe the children have an entitlement to a range of high quality experiences in all art forms in each year of school, whatever their background or ability. We know a rich, diverse and creative curriculum can help raise attainment and accelerate learning by boosting a child’s confidence and self esteem. Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences, and an understanding of different art styles around the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think, through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. They learn to make informed judgements, and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and on different periods and cultures. Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enable children to better understand the world that they live in. It also plays an important part in helping children to feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music. Drama stimulates imaginations and draws upon personal experiences. Increasing knowledge and understanding of how the elements of drama work to enable each child to effectively shape, express and share ideas, feelings and responses. Drama is invaluable as a means for developing language skills, encouraging positive social interaction, and increasing physical control, stimulating imaginations and teaching children how to listen and respond appropriately. Dance encourages the children to think about how to use movement to explore and communicate ideas and issues, and their own feelings and thoughts. Developing an awareness, understanding and appreciation of the many and varied styles of dance.
The appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enrich all our lives.