“At St Chad’s we grow in the light of Christ, to share his love and reflect the gospel values”
St Chad’s School is committed to providing all our learners with a motivating and inspiring creative curriculum that aims to develop thoughtful and responsible young people with high self-esteem and the skills and knowledge to succeed in life. The Creative Arts form part of our God given talents and give voice and expression to our understanding of His creation and our place within it.
At St. Chad’s School we offer:
- The delivery of the Arts under curriculum headings, commonly Art, Dance within P.E., Drama through English and across the curriculum, and Music.
- An experience which draws on a number of these curriculum areas, e.g. creating a piece of visual art from a music stimulus.
- Contributors from Arts areas to other curriculum areas e.g. drama enhances the history experience.
- The Arts as an essential aspect of worship in a Catholic school.
At St Chad’s School we aim: To prepare learners for life- long learning by providing opportunities to pursue their interests and talents.
- To facilitate the opportunity to participate in and experience a broad and balanced range of arts activities as part of a rich exciting curriculum.
- To plan opportunities for learners to be creative and creatively express themselves in and through all art forms.
- To provide a powerful tool which can support a progressive range of skills such as the development of knowledge, concepts and skills, and enhance the learning process across the curriculum.
- To offer opportunities for learners to express themselves, enjoy themselves and be successful.
- To enable individuals and groups of learners to achieve excellence and enjoyment.
- To offer opportunities for individuals and groups of learners to be regularly involved in performance.
- Provide opportunities for children to perform to their peers and to parents at a variety of venues both in school and in the wider community.
- Enable children to be creative through composition and performance
- To enable learners to develop their intellectual, aesthetic and critical faculties through active participation in the Arts.
- To encourage the use of the Arts as an effective medium for achieving other educational objectives.
- To enrich the curriculum for all learners through activities that accesses all areas of the curriculum, different cultures and those that reflect our local community.
- To help develop a respect for others’ artistic tastes and points of view.
- To achieve ‘Arts Awards’ under the auspices of Trinity College.
- To use our creative skills to praise God and develop our understanding of Him.
In order to achieve this St. Chad’s School provides opportunities for children to develop their skills and talents via;
- Group, individual and whole class activities as identified within planning.
- Discussion with the group and individual learners as well as through demonstration and instruction.
- Individual research and exploration.
- Use of a variety of media (DVD, Internet, live theatre) to enhance the learners understanding.
- The development of I.C.T. capability through Arts Education through the use of computers, CD players etc.
- Enhancing a child’s self-esteem by promoting success in achievement and enjoyment in learning.
- Assemblies, Presentations, Seasonal Performances.
- Equipping learners with skills to interact with others, thereby developing a sense of purpose and belonging.
- Valuing their own work and that of their peers.
- Celebrating Arts Education by exhibiting, performing and presenting their work to represent their achievements in various forms both in school and in the wider community. These can be provided through the following means:Extra-curricular activities for those learners who demonstrate a particular interest or ability, e.g. Music, drama/dance, art groups. A choir has now been established through the new provision for Music and a Street Dance club.
- Arts Festivals
- Using expertise and knowledge from within and outside the school.
- Access to a variety of experiences within an arts setting.
- In music, teaching and learning are achieved through a high level of practical work.
- Children are provided with suitable musical instruments which they use to perform and compose.
- During hymn practice and mass all children sing together and learn songs as a community.
We have excellent links with a variety of Arts companies who work with us to extend and develop children’s learning experiences and to extend the Gifted and Talented children in our school.
This year the following companies will be working with us:
- Shakespeare Schools Festival – Year 6 will present Twelfth Night at MAC on November 5th 2014.
- Birmingham Royal Ballet – Foundation Stage and KS1 will have workshops with the company in school on November 27th, they will then attend a performance of the Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre on 28th November 2014.
- Birmingham Royal Ballet – Year 1 will audition for the Dance track programme which is specifically designed for the Gifted and Talented pupils. Children who are successful attend weekly classes with company free of charge for twelve months. They are then given the opportunity to remain on the programme for further training and have the option of auditioning for Elmhurst Vocational School at eleven years of age with full scholarship.
- Katie Driscoll Dance School – KS2 pupils attend Street Dance classes provided every Friday afternoon in school as an after school club. Provision of an after school club for KS1 is currently being negotiated with the company.
- Music for You – provides all of our music teaching affording all pupils the opportunity to have expert music tuition and to learn an instrument. A school choir has been established during Tuesday lunchtimes by the company.
- The Barber Institute of Fine Art – During the Spring/Summer terms, pupils will have the opportunity to attend workshops that explore various aspects of the Art and Design programmes of study.
- The Ikon Gallery – links with this company will be established during the Spring term.
- All children participate in class assemblies with each class presenting one assembly per term.
- KS1 and KS2 will present a Christmas play in December 2014.
As a school we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Artsmark Gold by Trinity University.
The School's Arts Co-ordinator is trained to deliver Arts Awards and we will be commencing teaching the necessary syllabus for this during the Autumn term 2015.
As with all aspects of children's learning, we are keen to promote excellence. Staff will be visiting St Mary's School in Handsworth to receive training in display so that our learning environments promote the Arts in all forms.