The Arts at East Morton
At East Morton, we strive for excellence and high standards in our Arts education, provision and opportunities for all children through high quality teaching. Working with Arts organisations such as Northern Ballet has allowed us to successfully demonstrate that we can and continue to make a difference to our children. Curriculum design of the Arts are now inclusive, relevant and varied. We now provide a broad range of authentic, exciting, artistic and relevant experiences within the Arts. Teaching of the Arts is of a high quality and exposes children to learning about a range of artists from the past and present. Being exciting, inspiring and engaging is our aim when teaching the Arts and learning is driven by all teachers in school. We offer extensive Arts provision including a wide ranging Arts based extracurricular clubs such as choirs and Art clubs, theatre visits and a close partnership with the Bradford Music Hub.
At East Morton CE Primary, we believe that high-quality Art lessons should inspire and broaden the horizons of our learners and allow them to achieve their full creative potential. Our learners will be encouraged to develop both creatively and spiritually, supporting their positive mental health and wellbeing. Our Art curriculum, which is closely aligned to the National Curriculum, provides learners with the opportunity to access a carefully sequenced learning journey which weaves together the necessary knowledge, skills and understanding through our broad and balanced curriculum. Learners will develop the skills of drawing, painting, printing, sculpture, creating art with nature and digital art, and are given the opportunity to explore and evaluate different creative ideas. Learners will be introduced to a range of famous artists throughout their topics and will be given the opportunity to evaluate their work and then at the end point of the unit, create pieces in their own style which are influenced by the artist. We nurture learner’s spirituality and individuality, allowing all children to express themselves freely. The skills they acquire will also be applied to their cross-curricular topics, allowing learners to use their art skills to create a piece linked to a History or Geography topic throughout the year.
As a Church of England school, Music is central not only to the spiritual development of our learners, but also to their creative, cultural and academic development. Through our whole school and class-based singing opportunities, engaging core Music lessons, high-quality wider opportunity sessions, varied extra-curricular offer and specialist group and individual instrumental tuition, learners are given the opportunity to develop a deep love of Music during their time at East Morton. All are inspired to achieve their potential in Music through this rich curriculum offer, which also provides learners with the opportunity to appreciate a wide range of high quality live music, both through external visits and visitors to school.
Below are just some of the ways we use the Arts in our teaching at East Morton.
The teaching of Art
At East Morton, we pride ourselves on our high quality teaching of Art. As children move up school, they study a wide range of diverse artists and use a range of media such as water colour and acrylics. One art project per year also links to a Learning Challenge topic of History or Geography.
Working with artists
Year 5 children spend a day working with a living artist on observational art. Sarah Hicks has visited East Morton for the last couple of years and gives children the opportunity to develop their observational drawing skills.
Northern Ballet project
All children in school have spent a half term working with Northern Ballet on a project linked to their English focus text. This has allowed the children to develop their balance and movement skills as well as enhancing their understanding of the characters and story.
The teaching of Drama
Although not taught as a specific subject in primary school, drama is widely used at East Morton to enhance the curriculum across school, from role play in Early Years to P4C in Key Stage 2.
External links and theatre visits
We have also been fortunate to work with outside agencies, for example the Zephaniah Trust on their Refugee Voices project, which uses drama to develop an understanding of the plight of refugees in the UK, and Bingley Grammar School as part of their ongoing links with the Royal Shakespeare Company. All the classes had the opportunity to take part in a Midsummer Night’s Dream workshop during our World Book ‘Shakespeare’ Week and Year 5 visits Bingley Grammar annually for their Elizabethan Day, which includes an acting session with their drama department.
As a school which is in close proximity to the Alhambra in Bradford, we aim to take the children to the theatre whenever possible. Our Year 3 children attended a performance of Matilda and Year 6 enjoyed War Horse. Both of these books were being studied during English lessons and so the performance enhanced their understanding whilst experiencing a West End Musical.
An event which the children thoroughly look forward to is a staff drama performance. Through this, we aim to encourage children to be confident within drama themselves and showcase a performance of something fun! These have ranged from Midsummer Night’s Dream to the Nativity!
Bradford Music Hub
Our links with the Bradford Music Hub develop our children’s musical ability through whole class lessons in Year 3, 4 and 5 on the ocarina and recorder. We are often lucky enough to also have concerts and taster sessions to encourage other children to take up learning an instrument of their choice.
Please visit the Bradford Music Education Hub to find out more about:
- Music across the Bradford district
- Music events taking place
- Music groups your child could take part in
We offer music lessons in a range of instruments from guitar to keyboard and many in between with the support of peripatetic music staff from the Bradford Music Hub. Children have a weekly individual or small group lesson in which they are taught the skills needed to sit music exams if they wish.
Our school choirs are an integral part of our school offer within the Arts. They are a popular club for a lot of children within school. Both our KS1 and KS2 choirs are well received at many events they attend such as singing with Steeton Male Voice Choir and performing at the BDAT proms event.
Christmas and summer concerts
We hold annual concert events for parents to showcase the talents of our children. These concerts include performances from individual musicians, samba band, school choirs and Years 3, 4 and 5 on the ocarina and recorder.
Children at East Morton are invited to attend a wealth of clubs both at lunchtime and after school. These have included an Art club and a Drawing club for all age ranges across school, a Gymnastics club for KS1 and KS2, Samba Band, a Comic Club and and a Film club for Year 5 using the ‘Into Film’ resources.