We have a simple philosophy about the arts, stimulated by creativity and imagination; providing visual, tactile and sensory experiences. The appreciation and enjoyment of the arts enriches all our lives and we are committed to providing a rich and varied arts curriculum for all children.
As a lead school nationally for The Arts, we constantly look for ways to innovate our arts provision. We have highly qualified staff including a Specialist Music Teacher and Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) in Primary Art, English and Computing.
We have very strong partnerships with creative practitioners and cultural organisations and regularly use arts practitioners to enrich the learning of our children. Our art leader plans art for all year groups across the Trust, based on developing the children’s basic skills in art, ensuring that throughout their time in primary school they experience all the visual elements and processes of art. Our recent focus has been developing the children’s use of their sketch books as a source of visual information which they take ownership of, whilst developing every child’s own creativity.
Our resident artist works weekly with groups of children in our purpose-built art studio, which was funded by the Friends of The Mead. Our Key Stage 2 art club meet weekly and are developing their leadership skills by supporting younger children in art activities to enhance the school’s environment. Our art leader has established and leads meetings for the Alliance to develop continuity for all children in local primary schools.
Every year we produce a whole school performance where children from Key Stage 2 work together to create a production using music, dance and drama. There is also the opportunity for children to work as artists developing scenery and props for the show.