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 1: Subject Intent linked to Thematic Learning



Amazing Animals: Developing an understanding of the way animals are shown in art. This may consist of; Looking at artists Henri Rousseau and Paul Klee. Using real life class based pets to improve drawing skills (African Land Snails) Older students will focus on blending and shading.

-Self-assessment and peer review


-Pupil work/ photographs and video footage for accreditation students


- Evidence of learning seen in books and through work made


-Pupils will work toward their arts award accreditation








Toys will be Toys: Developing understanding of textures and how they can be used to create art. This may include making a class book about textures. Younger classes will continue to strengthen their colour mixing knowledge. Pupils will also be looking at toy packaging and advertising through the ages.


Living my best life (maps/journeys and well-being): Exploring and developing a critical eye when looking at art. This may include looking a one particular famous piece of art and closely examine it for meaning. Looking at how art makes us feel. Exploring cool and warm colours. Some pupils will learn how to draw self-portraits and some will use collage as their working medium. Other classes will be looking at Picasso, Kandinsky and elements of Pop Art


Let's Go! (transportation): Understanding the work of various artists, both contemporary and historical. Looking at the depiction of movement (Lowry, Francis Bacon, and  Hokusai Katsushika) Interpreting and innovating modes of transport and creating their own hybrids (using the imagination)


Wonderful Weather: This unit will focus on the elements and how they can be used in art. Older students will be looking at formal elements in art. Students will experience water play and creating work using watercolours, dyes and other fluids such as glue, slime and other sensory resources. Some students will also use clay to create a kiln-fired piece of work, exploring the element of fire.


In the Zone (mental health/feelings) To develop some understanding of the impact that art has on our mood. During this unit we hope to expose students to may different art and musical genres through visitors and trips to galleries. Children will be encouraged to develop their ‘individual opinions’ about their artistic likes and dislikes.

Music and Drama 

Term Cycle 2: Subject Intent linked to Thematic Learning Assessment

Amazing Animals

Music and drama – This topic will see students looking into music from ‘The Lion King.’ For our older students this will mean learning about instruments within the music – specifically the djembe drums and xylophones. They will then have the opportunity to create their own animal rhythms on these instruments. 

Arts Award Assessment


Visual Scores



Music and drama – The build up to our winter celebrations will focus on a performance led project for the students. Students will be working in class ensembles to produce a five minute performance which will be entered into our ‘Winchelsea’s Got Talent’ celebration at the end of the term. We also hope to take the students to see a local pantomime. 

Arts Award Assessment

Performance skills

Ensemble skills

Acting skills


Living my best life

Music and drama - During this topic, students will be learning how to create a music video. From recording the song, to acting in the music video, this is a project where students can really find their own way of communicating to an audience. Students will also learn about music tech – learning about microphones and recording software to using the iPads to record and using the green screen.

Arts Award Assessment Per

Ensemble skills

Performance skills

Music tech skills

Let’s go

Music and drama – This topic will see students exploring music from around the world. Our younger students get to play a range of different and unusual instruments, while our older students will work as an ensemble looking into music styles such as samba and folk.

Arts Award Assessment Per

Ensemble skills

Rhythm skills

Dynamic skills

Wonderful weather

Music and drama – Our younger students will be focussing on making and recording weather soundscapes – choosing and using instruments that sound like the weather. Our older students will be focusing on producing our summer show – hopefully (Covid permitting) a chance to perform to parents and carers! 

Arts Award Assessment Performance skills

Ensemble skills

Skill share

In the zone

Music and drama – Our older students will be beginning to plan the concept for our summer show! They will devise a piece of drama that consolidates what they have learnt throughout the year. This will also be an opportunity for these students to take part in our skill share initiative – where they pass skills they have learnt onto other classes.

Arts Award Assessment

Visual scores

Performance skills

Acting skills

Ensemble skills

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.”

                                                                        Pupil Comment KS 4

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 really enjoyed playing the djembe drums and making my own rhythms on them” – Student from Seahorses Class

Drama Lessons are child led, with pupils choosing the direction of the overall ‘finished piece’. We explore a variety of stimuli, from pupils learning a set text to devising their own pieces – but our focus for our pupils are ensemble skills – learning to be a part of a drama team, and to help our pupils explore the zones (emotions and feelings) in a safe environment.  Pupils will also explore how to use their bodies and voices when performing. We aim to provide our pupils with many performance opportunities, from going to watch theatre, to performance workshops by industry professionals, to taking part in our schools shows!  

“I love being able to sing and dance on stage – it’s so much fun!” – Student from Lobsters Class

“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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