Welcome to the Creative Arts
Definition of Creative Arts
Creativity enables pupils to express and communicate their ideas through a unique, creative and aesthetic language. At New Oscott Primary School all pupils are entitled to high quality teaching through our Creative Arts subjects: Art and Design, Music, Dance, Drama and Design Technology.
All pupils whatever their background, needs and ability are given the opportunity to respond to the world and their personal environment through a range of media, which encapsulates an engaging, broad, rich, and inclusive curriculum. At New Oscott Primary School we recognise the importance of Arts education within our school which forms part of the school ethos; valuing our children’s achievements and supporting and caring for their needs across all curriculum areas. Creativity is a tool, which is used to stimulate and motivate pupils’ learning through a variety of mediums and genres. Pupils are given the opportunity to express themselves creatively, directly through Art and Design, Music and Design Technology. At New Oscott Primary celebration and sharing opportunities through the Creative Arts is central to school life; all pupils recognise self expression through a variety of art forms which is valued and respected. Our teaching and learning through the Creative Arts has raised pupil self esteem and their understanding and appreciation of the arts within and beyond the school environment. In addition, cross-curricular links ensure that pupils express themselves through these art forms across all areas of the curriculum, including Dance, Drama and Creative Writing. Exploring ideas and meanings in the work of artists - through each of the Creative Arts subjects - from different times and cultures enables pupils to appreciate artistic heritage, cultural diversity and the roles and intentions of artists.
Children at New Oscott Primary school are able to access a range of extra curricular activities and lunch time clubs.
Throughout the year, for a range of year groups and at different times of the day, we host the following arts activities:
Dance Club, Drama Club, Creative Writing Club, Creative Arts Club, Arts Clubs, Choir, Singing Club, Let’s Get Messy (pre-school workshops).
Creative Arts – Curriculum Design
As a team we considered what makes the creative arts subjects at New Oscott Primary School unique to our school. We considered the pupil and parent view, BLP and our school values.
Creative Arts – Key Aims
To inspire creativity through a range of different media.
To develop resilient learners that reflect on their work to enable progression.
To create kind learners who can work reciprocally and respect the views of others.
To discover and explore transferable life skills in a stimulating way.
Art - We are artists
We are encouraged to be creative with a range of media.
We appreciate a range of artists, architects, artistic styles and movements.
We reflect on and respect work created by ourselves and others to enable us to progress.
We are inspired to work resiliently to explore and discover creative individuality.
We are developing transferable life skills.
Design Technology -We are designers
We are able to discover and create ambitious design ideas.
We make purposeful and relevant choices during the designing and making process.
We can work independently or co-operatively to achieve a final product.
We apply problem solving skills to overcome challenges we face during the making process.
We are developing transferable life skills e.g. cooking, sewing.
Music - We are musicians
We are encouraged to reflect on a breadth of music from varying artists, countries and periods in time.
We participate in exciting, stimulating and inspiring lessons.
We work purposefully both independently and co-operatively to compose and perform.
We reflect on our work and the work of others in a kind, honest way to encourage progress.
We are developing transferable life skills.
A copy of the programmes of study for KS1 and KS2 can be found below.
Composer/Performer and Artist of the month
Music Mark Award
“Music Mark believes in the fundamental right to experience a high-quality music education for all children and young people, in and out of their schools.” Bridget Whyte, Chief Executive
We are very privileged to have been awarded the ‘Music Mark’ School Member 2019/20 award ‘In recognition of a commitment to providing high quality music education for all children and young people.’ We are very proud of the musical opportunities that we currently offer at New Oscott Primary School, and strive to continually build upon these to give all children the opportunity to experience a wide range of music regularly as part of a broad and balanced curriculum as well as through extra-curricular activities.
As a member of Music Mark we recognise that music has a value in and of itself. The pursuit of learning to sing/play an instrument, learning to compose, learning to listen critically and the myriad of other musical skills are valuable in their own right. This is then demonstrated by:
- music enabling increased behaviours for learning
- music boosting children and young people’s social development
- music fostering team work
- music building life skills
- music encouraging creativity and critical engagement
- music being fun and for everyone
As part of our cross curricular links at New Oscott, it was a pleasure to join with Humanities to run a ‘History in Art’ competition this year. We had a large amount of entries across all of our phases, which used a range of different media. The competition was judged by members of our Senior Leadership Team and prizes were awarded for each phases.
We would like to thank all of those who entered our competition, where the standard was very high, and share our winning entries. You can also find our winning pieces displayed in our Main entrance area.
The children at our school have been busy developing their cookery skills and learning all about food! Here's what some of them had to say about their lessons...
Food technology pupil voice:
"We've learnt about fruit and vegetables like broccoli. Fruits have seeds like in tomatoes. We made bread for the Little Red Hen. We used flour, oil, yeast and water. I like cooking with my teacher because they keep you safe."
“We’ve learnt about where food comes from. Chocolate comes from cocoa beans and bread is made from flour which is made from wheat. We made gingerbread mean by mixing ingredients together. They were yummy!”
We used mint, yogurt and cucumber to make dips. We tasted it with some poppadoms. They were so tasty! We found out about food that is grown and food that is produced. Some foods grow underground like potatoes so we can’t see them but strawberries grow on a bush so we can see them.”
“We learnt about and tasted Chinese food. I didn’t like the egg fried rice! In our food lessons we learnt about food that grows in warmer climates like bananas and coconuts.”
“We enjoyed cooking Tudor gingerbread and learning new skills. We learnt about healthy eating and having a balanced diet. We did a science investigation that showed what sugar in different drinks did to an egg.”
Art around the school
There are always so many lovely displays around school that showcase the creative talent we have at New Oscott Primary School. Here is just a sample of the work going on around school.
Congratulations and thank you to the 5 pupils who represented New Oscott Primary School in one of the Birmingham Chamber concerts. Macey, Eva, Seren, Hannah and Mia performed as part of a flute ensemble and were presented with a lovely certificate in recognition of their achievement. We are all very proud of the contribution that you have all made to our wider community. Thank you their teacher, Mr Holmes, who is one of the Birmingham Music Service team of teachers who come into New Oscott each week to teach instruments to our pupils.
Young Voices 2020
We were very lucky to have a large group of children travel to Resorts World Arena to join many other schools in a joint singing performance as part of Young Voices. This is always a very well supported and looked forward to activity at New Oscott and we are very grateful to Mrs Lacey for organising our children.
Reflections from our children.
“I enjoyed singing my heart out and to be able to sing some of my favourite songs. My favourite part was singing the ‘Pop Medley’.”
“My favourite part of Young Voices is learning new songs and making new friends! My favourite song was ‘Pop Medley’ because it had music that I already knew.”
“I loved Young Voices this year because we sung some amazing songs. It was really lively and energetic. There were some really special celebrity guest including Tony Hadley, Rute (who won The Voice kids in 2017) and The Shires (a country duo) who all sung one of their own songs and helped sing some songs with us too. It went on for about two hours, but that flew by because we were having so much fun! I have been going for the last three years and this years was definitely the best.”
Gifted and Talented Art workshop
We held a Gifted and Talented Art workshop (for years four and five) here at New Oscott School.
We also invited a number of pupils from nearby Boldmere Junior School to join us and together we set about having two hours of creative fun!
Our theme was Art from Different Cultures and we created 3 large canvasses using designs inspired by Aboriginal, Japanese and Indian art.
The children worked incredibly hard and with superb attention to detail. They enjoyed mixing with pupils from different schools and had the opportunity to develop their artistic skills with like –minded pupils.
Very well done to all of those involved!
The completed art work can be seen on display in the main reception area.