“My contention is that creativity now is as important in education as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status”
Sir Ken Robinson
Our Arts Curriculum nurtures, encourages and builds on creativity, ensuring that our children have the opportunity to be taught the skills of creative subjects which have so often been squeezed out of the Primary Curriculum. Music, Art, Drama and Dance will be taught as specific subjects by qualified specialists during the afternoons, as well as being integrated into the International Primary Curriculum.
Every child in the school will take part in a music programme. This programme will comprise of specific musical skills including singing, playing instruments, theory, history and performance. There will be formal music lessons each week based on the National Curriculum programmes of study and as they pass through Key Stage 2, every child will be offered the opportunity to learn to play an instrument.
Drama is an art form, a practical activity and an intellectual discipline. At Ramsgate Arts Primary School, drama begins naturally with learning through dramatic play in our Early Years and Key Stage 1 and then in common with all subjects, it requires specific skills, knowledge and understanding which are progressively taught and assessed through and across the key stages building upon previous learning. Three interrelated activities characterise the subject of drama at all levels: making, performing and responding.
In dance, children learn and develop many skills; learning the value of discipline, commitment and work ethic, as well as creative thinking skills. Self-confidence develops as children overcome challenges to master new goals, learning to apply themselves and accomplish any task put before them. Dance teaches children about music, rhythm and beat. Children will have a better understanding of spatial relationships and learn to think with both sides of their brain. All these skills enhance a child’s academic performance, as well as their physical well-being.
Art and Design
Through our partnership with the Turner Contemporary children at Ramsgate Arts Primary School will have many opportunities to experience Art and Design to understand what it is that artists, designers and craft workers do, and to develop their own confidence in using media and techniques.
Art and Design activities will encourage our RAPS artists to:
- respond to the world around them;
- respond to their individual feelings and emotions;
- develop and use their imagination;
- express their ideas, thoughts and feelings;
- solve problems;
- become more aesthetically aware.