Arts and Wellbeing
Can you imagine a school without singing? Or a school without painting or sports? Neither can we, which is why arts and wellbeing are central to our curriculum and who we are.
At Seymour Park every child is given the opportunity to develop their skills as an artist in an environment which nurtures creativity and expression. Our learners will be engaged and enthused by art and artists from around the world and inspired by the curriculum which encourages them to broaden their horizons and aim high.
At Seymour Park, we immerse children into the world of music. Our curriculum offers rich opportunities for our learners to play, sing, produce and perform. We encourage learners to build their confidence in performing and develop their appreciation of the important role music plays in their culture, our community and the wider world.
Our Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) curriculum enables our learners to become healthy, independent and responsible global citizens. Learners will develop their understanding of themselves, each other and the diverse modern society they are growing up in. Learners are empowered to understand their rights and be up-standers for the rights of others. As a school family, our school’s culture of respect and understanding is underpinned by this curriculum. At SPCPS, we celebrate different families and same love.
At Seymour Park, we strive to develop a fun, engaging and high quality physical education curriculum which enables all pupils to enjoy and experience a range of activities. Through an inclusive physical education, we improve all learner’s health, fitness and well-being whilst also providing opportunities for them to become physically confident.
Aims and objectives
NC core Aims
- 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
- To develops learners understanding of their own and others’ cultural heritage through studying a diverse range artists and genres.
- As confident and skilled learners our children will be inspired to innovate and produce high quality responses to the art they study
- To encourage learners to reflect on how art shapes our history and contributes to our society and community.
NC core Aims
- 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.
- To provide children with a firm understanding of what music is through listening, singing, playing, evaluating, analysing and composing across a variety of historical periods, styles, cultures and musical genres
- To develop learners understanding of a diverse range performers and music genres giving them opportunities to listen and share their opinions confidently.
- As confident and skilled learners our children will be inspired to innovate and produce high quality compositions in response to music they have studied.
- To ensure learners are confident to perform to a range of audiences and be proud of their musical abilities.
- To encourage learners to be positive and responsible role models to each other and our community
- To ensure learners are empowered to share their voice and value the voice of others
- To develop learners’ knowledge, skills and understanding to lead confident, healthy and independent lives both now and in the future
- To teach learners to make informed choices regarding personal and social issues
- To promote respect for each other and the differences between people
- To support learners in understanding how they are developing personally, physically and socially, and how to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.
NC Core Aims
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- lead healthy, active lives
- To ensure children learn a variety of skills and develop these each year.
- To give opportunities for children play competitive sports with other schools and are confident in taking part in these.
- To ensure children enjoy and are engaged fully with PE.
- To provides opportunities to compete in sport and other activities to build character and develop values such as fairness and respect.
Curriculum Development and Organisation
Our art curriculum immerses our learners into both genres and artists. Teaching is delivered through a breakdown of art skills on a two-year cycle. Art is taught for every other half term (alternating with DT). Lessons are at least an hour a week. Teachers follow a guideline of 6 week blocks on a specific art focus (colour, pattern, drawing, texture, printing, form). Teachers follow a clear structure from research at the beginning of the topic into the genre and artist, followed by skill based lesson, leading to application of their final art piece.
Teaching is implemented through a scheme called The Charanga Musical School
Which is in line with the National Curriculum for music and provides a practical, exploratory and child-led approach to musical learning. Lessons are taught weekly for three half terms per year and lessons are usually an hour and consist of three sections: listen and appraise,
musical skills and finally perform and share.
CREATE MUSIC deliver lessons in guitar and ukulele weekly and perform an annual concert to the parents and rest of school to showcase their learning.
There are regular opportunities for all the children to perform to an audience, including the winter and summer concerts, celebrations for special occasions in school, class assemblies, year group assemblies, the Year Six performance production, Extraffordganza and the Year Six leavers’ assembly.
Weekly singing assemblies take place in EYFS/KS1 and KS2 using a range of songs from all music genres.
PSHE lessons take place weekly and are linked to a scheme called PSHE association which is in line with the national curriculum. We follow the PSHE Associations’ three core themes: Health and Wellbeing; Relationships; and Living in the Wider World. Each year group covers content related to each theme every year, ensuring that a spiral programme is in place: one that revisits themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge and developing skills.
Assemblies take place weekly that address our 3 Values-Respect/Care/Growth and are linked to PSHE/RRS/global issues/world celebration days.
Anti-Bullying Week is an annual event across the school linked to RRS.
PE is taught in every year group weekly and covers all the elements of National Curriculum. PE is taught by a PE specialist for two terms of the academic year.
As an active school-children come into school in their PE kits on the days they are taught PE, they take part in go noodle activities regularly. Lunch time coaches facilitating games outside every day.
We host a variety of extra-curricular clubs: Multi skills, Archery, Dodgeball, Gymnastics, Cricket, Football, Tag rugby, Karate and Box fit.
We also hold an annual sports day which is inclusive for all children in all year groups.