“There are always flowers for those who want to see them”

Henri Matisse

Art and design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Pupils use colour, form, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. Through art and design activities, they learn to make informed value judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions, becoming actively involved in shaping environments.

They explore ideas and meanings in the work of artists, craftspeople and designers. They learn about the diverse roles and functions of art, craft and design in contemporary life, and in different times and cultures.

Understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts have the power to enrich our personal and public lives.

Each summer term our Year 6 pupils  create an art project that remains in the school as a memory of their time with us. Past examples have included: mosaic tiles, murals and a graffiti installation. The children gain so much from this experience and we have been astounded at the standard of work produced.

“Drama is a dynamic practice that introduces children to a world of wonder and play. It encourages them to continue questioning, exploring and teasing out new ideas and ways of living and thinking. I don’t think drama is about being the best performer or the next Hollywood star, I think it is about creating and making, exploring and responding in the search of our true selves and meaningful connections with others and the world around us.” Pepper Oates

Drama forms part of our regular curriculum to enhance other subjects such as History and English but also features as a subject in it’s own right. Each year our F.S and KS1 pupils perform a nativity themed Christmas play and our KS2 children perform a musical in the summer term. In the past, the Key Stage Two shows have included musicals such as the “The Tempest” and ‘Macbeth”.

The children look forward to these shows immensely. Being a small school, we enjoy being able to give all children  a part to play. In addition, we have a visiting theatre company which performs a pantomime in school each Christmas.

“If a child studies music constantly over a period of time, they do better in school in all sorts of ways, including academically and socially.” Dr Richard Letts

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world.

The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality.

It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing  a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Music is a big part of school life here at Aston – each class has a weekly music lesson using the Charanga music scheme. Children also have the opportunity to learn to play a range of musical instruments including piano, recorder and guitar with one of our peripatetic music teachers.