Statement of Intent
At St. Joseph’s we are in the process of gaining our Arts Mark Award in recognition of our ongoing achievements. We believe the arts are a fundamental part of a rich curriculum and intend to carry on giving children quality experiences in and out of the classroom impacting greatly upon the standards of attainment achieved and helping children to develop as confident, articulate, resilient young people. The arts provide children with the opportunities to develop their creativity, critical thinking, problem-solving and other important life skills, by allowing them to express themselves in a variety of ways and giving all children their chance to shine.
Over the past few years we have invested in ensuring all children are exposed to a rich and varied range of art experiences as we feel that this is vital to the well-being of our pupils. The arts provide our children with a variety of engaging and exciting opportunities that enable them to develop positively in their learning, both academically as well as socially, emotionally and culturally. We aim to ensure all children are resilient, take risks, learn from mistakes and develop passions that they will take with them into adulthood. It is our intention to continue providing the high quality of arts provision through Cornerstones and that our children enjoy and endeavour to make an impact on all children’s learning throughout the curriculum via the arts.
By using Cornerstones curriculum we can ensure high quality teaching and progression is consistent across the school.
A Forest School has been created within the school grounds giving children the opportunity to build dens, make fires, toast marshmallows, whittle sticks, create art from nature and get to know their peers in different surroundings and under different circumstances.
We intend to celebrate our long-term commitment to cultural education with pupils, parents and the local community.
At St Joseph's the children's learning is assessed using the skills progression tools on Cornerstones where we are able to individually track each child's personal progress.
Art and DT are embedded through our Cornerstones curriculum topics which offer rich and engaging activities whilst ensuring progression in each year.
Music is taught using Charanga. Through the Musical School programme the children develop their understanding, make musical judgements, apply their new learning, develop their aural memory, express themselves physically, emotionally and through discussion and create their own musical ideas. The wide range of core resources have been developed specifically to motivate and capture each individual’s personal interest.
The children not only learn about music; they become musicians who are able to share and perform using their new skills.
There are 3 main resource areas: Units of Work, themed Topic songs and activities and instrumental Courses. The Units of Work are the main focal point for the music curriculum whilst the Topics and Courses provide a wealth of extension, enhancement and cross-curricular possibilities and experiences.