Art & Design

At Bannockburn we recognise the importance of nurturing creativity within our pupils, therefore the knowledge and skills developed through the Arts is a key area of focus in our curriculum. The Arts stimulate imagination, creativity, thinking, and an understanding of diverse art forms from both within and beyond the children’s learning environment.  It encourages a life-long interest in the arts.  The four arts disciplines – art, dance, drama and music – provide children with opportunities to develop and express ideas through the making and presenting of artworks.  They enable children to become critically aware of, and respond to, their own and other’s work. We pride ourselves on the high expectations that we set of every child and this is clearly reflected in the quality of work children produce in all aspects of the curriculum, and at every stage of their school career. The school excels in all areas of the Arts and our cross-curricular approach has all elements of the Arts at the forefront of children’s learning.

Our cohort of children (791) includes 34% SEN, 9% ESBD, 67% EAL (needs updating) and we are based within ‘a pocket of deprivation’ where social service intervention is high and for most children, the only access to creative and wider experiences is through opportunities at school. We aim to give children skills and enthusiasm for the Arts beyond Bannockburn, for example through music, singing and drama certification.

Within Art children have the opportunity to work on a variety of techniques such as: drawing and painting, collage, textile, 3D design, printmaking and digital media. Children will also have time to look at the work of a variety of artists of different movements and media. Often the work will be weaved into a wider curriculum where children can make links with different subjects. Every Summer Term, children of all ages across the school take part in Arts Week, whereby children develop and showcase the skills and knowledge that they have acquired during the previous academic year while also acquiring new techniques and interests. Each year has a different theme and parents and carers are warmly welcomed to come in and share their skills or help out. Arts Week have proved to be a thoroughly valuable experience for pupils, teachers and parents and have demonstrated Bannockburn’s commitment to the Arts within the local community. Many other schools and leaders of education use our school as an exemplar of creativity. One Year 3 child remarked, “I love Arts Week because artists and performers come in and we create really cool pieces of art”. Another child in Year 5 said, “I keep trying until I feel that I have got it right and I am very pleased with my finished work.”

Throughout the year we ensure that all children have quality music and singing lessons with a specialist music teacher. All children are invited to participate in out of hours arts activities and will have the opportunity to work with a professional artist at least once a year. We aim to provide a minimum of 20% of curriculum time on high quality arts experiences including dance, music, drama and art and design.