Creative Arts

Creative Arts

We believe that every child should be encouraged to explore and question the world around them and, through various creative opportunities, we strive to ignite imaginations and foster confidence in our young people. We combine the subjects of Art, Music and Drama to form a comprehensive and exciting approach to developing all pupils’ creativity that builds on their strengths and interests.


  • All pupils have access creative art, drama, music and movement in a meaningful way.
  • To allow to children to take risks and try new skills.
  • Children are encouraged to develop enquiring minds as they are exposed to a wide range of genres and creative experiences.
  • To communicate their own individual identities through dance drama and art. 
  • Winchelsea pupils will have the opportunity to be involved the Arts Award process with many gaining recognised qualifications, which will enable them to pursue artistic pathways beyond school.

Curriculum Intent

The Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents. AN opportunity to be CREATIVE, VALUABLE & ACCESSIBLE

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Some pupils will be following a pre-discover curriculum which focuses on the developmental matters statements and encompasses fine motor skills as well as early responses to given stimuli. Accreditation:  Art Award Discover


This diverse group consist a range of abilities and so will be accessing all levels of our curriculum. These include; Arts Award Discover, Explore and in some cases, gifted and talented pupils will be beginning their Arts Award Bronze journey. For children who still need to consolidate their skill set, will continue to use the pre-discover skills ladder to strengthen core skills such as FMS and concentration.


KS 4

Most of this particular group of learners will have already achieved their Arts Award Explore and will be either consolidating their skills and working on individualised projects or will be beginning their Bronze Award Journey. Navigators will be tasked with planning, delivering and leading whole school projects and will play a key role in school events (Christmas services, School Assemblies etc).  We encourage older pupils to see themselves as possible future creatives and we have enjoyed working closely with local businesses and artists to support our pupil’s learning


Cycle 3: Example of Subject Intent linked to Thematic Learning



Heroes who Help Us

This topic focuses on a variety of home-grown British design talent both in modern day and in history. The children will explore, research and innovate works of art from famous British designers such as Zandra Rhodes, Cath Kidston and William Morris.  Older Students will look at traditional Adinkra Printing and use this to influence their own designs. 

Peer/ Self-assessment/ Targets.


British Textile Industry 

Visual Scores

Visiting musicians


Let There be Light

This topic culminates in a series of whole school experiences. This collaborative approach will see the children coming together with their ideas which will inform the direction of the events as well as the props, costumes and music. Children from the seekers, early discovery and explorers will play a large part in learning simple lines and songs in preparation for the event. Navigators will be planning and delivering seasonal events as part of their accreditation. This year it will be a 'Winter Wonderland' Sensory experience. 

Winter Wonderland

Composing and performing using Makey Makeys.




Feast For The Senses

During this topic, children will use their own senses to explore their creative side. They will use touch to work with clay. We will also look at texture and impression making using a selection of found tools, this will form part of a 'printing project'. In music, Children will focus on 'hearing' and well as 'seeing' as they make their own percussion instruments and explore pulse and rhythm.

Music around the world.

Artists who inspire us

Fine motor skills (scissors)

Musical Theatre


Bee Happy

Children will experience working with ‘Makey Makeys’ to produce sound using vegetables and fruits. They will also explore percussion using instruments made from fruit and vegetables. Pupils will be given opportunities to draw and discover Spring flowers and learn the basic parts of the flower and simple pollination. Using inks and water colour, pupils will create distinctive still life paintings which reflect the season. Discovery classes look at Pop Art and recreate their own pictures. 


Still life

Vegetable Orchestras

Inspiration creation.


Food Glorious Food

Artists studied this term will be Giuseppe Arcimboldo,  the artistic genre of Vanitas and iconic food packaging and design. Children will assemble their own ‘still life’ and will be able to interpret the theme so that it has personal meaning to them. Using found natural objects (floral and fauna) pupils will make collages, take rubbings and create pictures. Pupils from the Enquirers groups will be given a ‘set brief’ to follow and will produce individual projects as part of their accreditation.

Artist Study

Giuseppe Arcimboldo





Working to a Brief (industry)

Shading and detail in work

Developing a critical eye.


You've Got A Friend In Me

This topic will focus on sculpture and look at artists such as Anthony Gormley, Greyson Perry and Alberto Giacometti. Children will have the opportunity to make their own sculptures and gain a better understanding of the techniques involved in creating shape and form. In music lessons, Pupils will also look at how lyrics influence the ‘mood’ of a song or musical genre and we will be working with our ‘zones’ to deliver this. This term will also focus on developing/ creating their performances for the Summer Show. The navigators and enquirers will be involved in every aspect of the show.


Shape and Form

Summer show


Show Songs

Thought and feelings

Cross-curricular Links

How does Creative Arts support this?




Every effort is made to meaningfully ‘link’ in’ with thematic learning (e.g Exploring fruit pianos by using circuit boards (science) whilst also incorporating ICT)

Science: Using Makey Makeys to create sounds using fruit acids and alkalise.

Technology and Design: Making percussion which is fit for purpose. Working with Local Arts to develop design ideas.  Using ICT to create musical scores. (e.g Exploring fruit pianos by using circuit boards (science) whilst also incorporating ICT)

Engineering: Designing and physically making stage sets for whole school shows.

English Skills



All Art units involve a literacy element; A starting point of a book (e.g The House That Jack Built, Home)

Subject specific language and vocabulary

Singing helps to develop memory and communication.

Ensemble skills also support communication.

Maths Skills


Music: Keeping, creating and innovating rhythmic patterns.

Art: symmetry, ratio and proportion (colour mixing, mixing Modroc etc.)

SMSC and British Values



Every effort is made to meaningfully ‘link’ in’ with thematic learning (e.g Exploring fruit pianos by using circuit boards (science) whilst also incorporating ICT)

Spiritual: Exploring the theme of Hope Gardens which reflect the Easter Story. Recognising awe and wonder in every day moments, cultural significance and art and music history.

Cultural: Discussing what makes a place a ‘home’ and what does it mean to belong.

Social: Learning to share and respect equipment. Being encourages to see art and music as social events where there is a time to listen and respect others.

Moral: To consider that when we work with others, we must be respectful and develop teamwork and that we each have a part to play in this.


Curriculum Organisation


We deliver a ‘total immersive’ approach which works with all the senses to provide stimuli and encourage creativity. Lessons are child centred and attention is given to pupils developing their own ‘artistic voice’. This is achieved through exposure to many different genres through art history. Pupils experience working with a wide range of different mediums such as clay, plaster, print, fabric, paper, glue, pastels and paint. Attention is paid to providing continuous opportunities to reflect upon their work and that of others.

“Going to the Lush Factory made me feel like I was going to work. I would like to work there in the future.”

                                                                        Student from 4MM

We encourage older pupils to see themselves as possible future creatives and we have enjoyed


Drama Lessons are child led, with pupils choosing the direction of the overall ‘finished piece’. During these lessons, pupils will become familiar with warm ups for body and voice, the importance of listening and turn taking. Older pupils will learn about important theatrical contributors through history such as Shakespeare, Allan Bennet and Greek Tragedies.


Pupils develop their skills by being hands – on and using a range of instrumentation to explore a variety of topics. Through exposure to a diverse scope of genres and music styles, pupils develop the ability to musically express themselves at a place that is appropriate to them. Looking at a specifically designed programme of music, from formal elements and performance opportunities, through to learning about the latest music technologies including ICT, pupils are able to build confidence in a nurturing environment, helping to promote confidence and wellbeing

“I got to use a green screen when making my music video. It was fun to watch it back on the big screen in the hall,” Student from Stingray Class.

Curriculum Support

We also provide access to extra music support.  This can be one-to-one, small group or whole class sessions.  This will enable pupils to receive support to help them access areas of the curriculum more effectively or to develop pupils that demonstrate that they are gifted and talented in music.

Celebrations and Achievements

Outstanding Partnership School Link with Poole Lighthouse.

We strive to provide musical, experiences in and out the classroom setting with regular visiting artists and excursions to see performances in contrasting styles.  During clubs we run a choir, samba band and support cross curricular links through our thematic learning.

Visiting Artists, Visiting Workshop, Local Exhibitions in Gallery Spaces, Linking to Industry (Lush)

Making and selling products for enterprise, working with other schools, skill sharing between curriculum groups and termly showcase of work across the Creative Arts Curriculum.                                                                               

School Productions

At the end of the Autumn and Summer Term pupils take part in a school production which combines art, music and drama. This interdisciplinary event is hugely celebrated within the year and pupils and families look forward to watching their child shine

Celebrating Creative Arts Week

This is a week of child-centred, mindful creative endeavour. Through multi-sensory and various different mediums, children will explore a plethora of artistic genres. Focused and industrious.  Pupils have opportunities to ‘Have a go’ at learning new skills within the classroom and school setting. The whole school community will exchange ideas, techniques and approaches to the creative arts.  We celebrate all the Arts through music and drama workshops, external visitors and an opportunity to share work and perform as a school. 

This is an exciting opportunity to see our young people producing meaningful and inspiring work of which they can be proud.

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