We are delighted to share with you some good news. Moulton Primary School has recently received the Silver Artsmark Award. This is a fantastic achievement for the school as it acknowledges the importance and ongoing commitment we place on the teaching of the arts and cultural education in school.
A huge amount of hard work and effort goes in to achieving such an award and we are rightfully very proud of our achievement!
A commitment to the arts already existed at school, however, our Artsmark journey which began back in September 2017 enabled us to improve our practice of the teaching of the arts by reflecting and constantly evaluating what we teach, how we teach and why we teach it the way we do.
The school has invested in training all teaching and support staff in the teaching and assessment of the arts and it seeks to embed the arts throughout all of the curriculum in a collaborative approach.
We teach a range of activities in dance, drama, music and art and as a school we pro-actively seek opportunities for our children to perform and participate in arts events such as Strictly Dancing and the Music for Youth Regional Festival. In dance this year, there are three separate ballroom/Latin clubs, a Street Dance group and a contemporary dance group, in total involving over 70 children. The school now has three choirs, an orchestra, a Wind Band, a recorder group a drama group, a textiles club and an art club. These groups are extremely popular with interest and numbers growing year on year.
Last summer the school orchestra was selected to perform at the prestigious National Music for Youth Festival in Birmingham after securing a place from the Regional Festival, which was an amazing achievement. In addition to this, the Year 6 children participated in the Big Sing at the Royal and Derngate, helping to celebrate the Northamptonshire’s Music and Performing Arts Trusts 50th Anniversary. The award of the NMPAT Music Mark also evidences the excellent provision for music on offer in school.
Our Summer Concert, Dancethon and school Musicals also provide a vast number of our children to engage in the performing arts programme and gives them a real audience to showcase their work to others and their families.
Without doubt we have seen the impact of these rich experiences for the children in their increased enthusiasm and self-confidence to explore the arts, taking risks and embracing challenge. Ultimately, this exposure to a more arts-balanced curriculum is helping the children to develop their interests and talents and have aspirations for the future. The School Council have been instrumental in helping us shape and plan our journey: feeding back the child voice, reflecting on changes to the curriculum, requesting more time for art in the curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities in dance, drama and art. Our children are taking more ownership of the arts curriculum and steering it the direction that suits them! Miss Schofield