Research shows that a clear arts curriculum is essential for all pupils. They are core lessons for developing children's creativity and supporting mental health.
In our art curriculum, we have developed a clear progression of skills, ensuring children are able to work with a range of artistic mediums.
Within each unit, the children are given opportunities to explore works of art, supporting them to further develop their cultural capital. In order to ensure all children have had access to art, we arrange an annual trip to a gallery for our Year 3 pupils. When they return to school they then present their own gallery of work to their parents and the wider school – allowing them a taste of a potential future.
We also participate in the Borehamwood art show each year – where the children’s art work is displayed centrally for the whole of Borehamwood to see. Every class visits this art show, allowing them to feel proud of their accomplishments and see examples of high quality art produced by their peers.
At Kenilworth, we also have an art therapist who is able to work with children weekly, offering support for those children and an outlet for their emotional needs.
Our Music curriculum is based on the Sing Up Curriculum and is delivered by Ms Bishara, an experienced music teacher from Herts Music Service.
Within the curriculum, children are given the opportunity to sing, perform, play tuned and untuned percussion instruments and compose music.
The children are given the opportunity to perform these skills in our annual Spring Sing and can choose to attend choir with Ms Bishara on a Wednesday lunch time. The choir perform at a local residential home at Christmas and enjoy singing a wide range of songs together. In December 2019, the children were also given the excellent opportunity to record their own CDs – working together to make the excellent ‘Kenilworth Sings Christmas’.
Our children love music, but many have a very limited exposure to music, only being able to identify contemporary music that is played on the radio or Spotify. In order to further extend our children’s exposure to a wide range of music, we play a different piece of music in assembly each week. From Bach to Bob Dylan, musicals and opera to country, we are striving to give the children an introduction to instruments, genres, languages and styles.