We hope that the family environment, teamwork, positive ethos, high expectations and wealth of experiences on offer at Barugh Green Primary School will create well balanced, resilient pupils who can operate productively within a challenging and ever changing society. Having achieved Artsmark Gold on two previous occasions, we are totally committed to immersing all our pupils and staff in a rich, broad, balanced and well planned Arts curriculum and we continue to evaluate and strengthen our provision. Why?...Because we believe that our recognition as an outstanding school on three consecutive OFSTED inspections, can be significantly attributed to the learning experiences on offer: the Arts domain is a major part of our provision and we value it highly. It is a superb vehicle to deliver not only the spiritual, moral and social dimensions of the curriculum but also to expand the cultural awareness of all our pupils.
Our learning community can acquire aesthetic awareness and express ideas and develop curiosity in their learning through first hand experiences in the Arts: art and design, music, dance, drama and in other areas such as creative writing and digital media. It is accessible and inclusive to all. For example, our music specialist offers an array of opportunities such as ‘Sign 2 Sing’ and the class teaching of ukulele as well as Boomwhacking! We have great fun participating in our staff/pupil choirs and our drama group visit and perform in a local theatre. Our dance studio facilitates a range of dance opportunities, spearheaded by our PE specialist. We expose our pupils to working with a wide range of media in art and design such as pastels, batik and clay and our two Arts Award trainers are part of an Arts Team who nurture talent and leadership through the Arts Award: we are currently engaging over 250 pupils in work connected to the Tour De France so that they can achieve their ‘Discovery’ Award which is a prestigious accreditation from Trinity College, London. We are steeped in opportunities to visit artists at venues such as The Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Gallery and we invite professionals into school such as an illustratoror digital media specialist who helps our pupils to explore areas such as Garage Band, computer programming and podcasting. Some of our extra - curricular clubs have emerged from suggestions made by our School Council. They are diverse and include Aborigine Art, Drama Club, Samba Band and Strictly Dancing. Our high quality Arts provision is celebrated in assemblies and events such as our Eisteddfod or Arts Week and it is also showcased through our visually stimulating environment, performances, our website and media such as local newspapers. Through these experiences we hope that our pupils will develop not only an appreciation of theatre, music, art and literature but also be reflective and respectful of their environment as they develop into thoughtful and responsible citizens.
In our desire to deliver the ingredients of a first class education our staff have capitalised on the opportunity to visit Calgary to research an ‘enquiry led’ approach, and to Hungary to the Kodaly Institute and also Helsinki to glean ideas about the Baccalaureate approach to learning. Some of the approaches to education in these countries have permeated and enriched our Arts curriculum which has in turn enriched the learning experiences for our pupils. Our school offers a rich tapestry of opportunities which we encourage everyone to embrace. Our Arts curriculum inspires and enthuses and through it we heighten our pupils’ independence, expose interdependence and transfer skills and knowledge from within and between the different Arts disciplines to create emotionally literate, confident, creative, enthusiastic and intrinsically motivated lifelong learners!