Creativity runs through the heart of the curriculum here at Wyburns. Our thematic approach to learning ensures that teachers use creative approaches to teaching and use the arts to help enthuse and support pupils across all areas of the curriculum. Creative hooks inspire children, open discussions and help to develop ideas.
Skills in the arts are developed progressively across the year groups, ensuring children are exposed to a range of techniques, art forms and artists. Our intent is to develop each child’s skills, knowledge and enjoyment of the arts, boosting their cultural capital.
Teachers at Wyburns have embraced the values of creativity and the arts and the impact it can have on a child’s development, their well-being and their investment and excitement in a topic. Over the last couple of years staff have received a package of training through our involvement in the Royal Opera House Creative Writing through the Arts project. Staff have been trained in how music, dance, visual arts and drama can be successfully used to help promote greater attainment in writing. This can also be applied to many other subjects and staff frequently use creative ways to help immerse pupils in a subject.
Each year art ambassadors are elected in Key Stage 2. These children help to promote the arts at Wyburns, running the Key Stage 1 art club and updating displays which highlight different artists and art forms from around the world. The Arts subject leader runs an after school club each week where the pupils enjoy a wide variety of artistic endeavours.
All children have the opportunity to put on a production at least once throughout the year. This enables the children to develop many skills, creating sets, props, learning songs, promoting self-confidence and resilience. We also take the whole school each year to the theatre to watch the Christmas pantomime, a wonderful experience for us all. Wyburns’ Got Talent also takes place annually each Easter, an unforgettable day for all involved, even the staff have been known to put on their dancing shoes!
Singing is a big part of every day at Wyburns, songs are used often to help children to remember facts and learn new concepts. Singing brings us together and can help us to learn. The Early Years children sing about the days of the week or sounds of the alphabet, whilst the older children use pop songs to help them remember their times tables. Wyburns’ Choir rehearse after school and take part in the Young Voices concert at the O2 arena in London and the Junior Music Festival at the Cliffs Pavilion. Concerts also take place at the church at Christmas and at the Rayleigh Lights switch on, which fills us all with Christmas cheer! The younger children enjoy performing with other schools from the local area at the Infant Music Festival. The children not only perform for each other and their parents but often invite their younger friends from the local Pre-school to come along or perform for the elderly at the Women’s Institute.
Every child in Year 3 receives a recorder and all children in Year 4 have professional tuition on the ukulele. Music opportunities also include the option of personal music tuition during school hours and our Rocksteady Music bands which rehearse every Friday afternoon and put on their very own rock concerts once a term!
Artistic visitors regularly visit us here at Wyburns, running workshops for the children in such things as music, dance and storytelling.
The Arts are celebrated and valued by all members of the Wyburns community. As well as The Arts themselves being well taught and enjoyed by children, who make good progress, they are very much embedded across the whole curriculum and used in innovative ways to enhance all subjects.
The children leave Wyburns with the self-confidence to express themselves in a variety of ways, a curiosity about the world around them and the critical and creative thinking skills required to ask questions and search for answers.