Charville Primary School - Arts Vision

At Charville our Vision of the Arts is based on the belief that all children possess creative ability and benefit from an ‘arts’ centred approach to teaching and accessing the curriculum. The Arts at Charville cover a broad spectrum including Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama and Creative Writing.

This links to our Values based approach where a creative arts atmosphere provides a safe and stimulating environment fostering our key values of self-belief, nurture, determination and respect. We provide a range of integrated experiences, carefully planned to fit in with topics, which give a dynamic focus for the pupils’ learning. We integrate the ‘arts’ into the teaching of other subjects and find that this not only enhances pupils’ enjoyment but leads to better outcomes for all. Our extracurricular activities include several clubs running for various year groups – from Art to Bollywood Dance there is something for everyone! We listen to our students and we adapt and change our provision accordingly. One forum for pupil voice is the student council which meets every week. A recent initiative of theirs was to bring back the Talent Shows where children would showcase their creative talents around a particular theme.

At Charville Primary School we believe that Art and Design enables children to become creative, imaginative and aware of their surrounding environment. They learn to appreciate and value their own and others’ work, including that of a diverse range of artists, crafts people and designers. Children have success in Art and Design therefore developing their confidence and self-esteem. Our annual ‘Arts Week’ enables us to offer children a range of experiences and opportunities especially by working with artists and developing particular skills. Last year we based our theme around Renoir’s ‘Umbrellas’. Through workshops and class activities   the children produced fantastic poems, paintings, 3D umbrellas and sculptures.

As part of the Yeading Arts Cluster, Charville Primary School works in close alliance with other schools in the area by collaborating on Musical Concerts and Dance Shows. This enables us to offer children a range of experiences and opportunities from different cultures and backgrounds. The success of our Key Stage 2 Dance Club has led to this provision being extended to both Key Stage 1 and Reception.

We also offer a wealth of chances for children to learn a musical instrument. Peripatetic music teachers teach piano, guitar, saxophone, violin, trumpet, trombone, clarinet and flute during school time. Pupils celebrate their talents through twilight music concerts where soloists and groups perform songs and pieces. Our mixed and Boy’s Choir have fostered many individual talents. The recent winter rendition of ‘Frozen a Musical Story’ was a particular success as it showcased the children’s enjoyment and commitment to an arts project. The opening of our Music Studio, for which funds were raised by the Charville children through a Music Sponsorship Marathon, proves the school and communities growing commitment to the musical arts. Approximately 80 children can use the studio space comfortably. The classroom is set up with various instruments including tuned bells, glockenspiels, xylophones, jungle bells, triangles, tambourines, djembe's and various other untuned instruments from around the world.

Throughout the school calendar, pupils are given the opportunity to perform in a variety of contexts for different purposes: including Class assemblies, the KS1 nativity and the Year 6 end of year show. We also take pride in showcasing our concerts in the community; our Christmas Carol Service performed by our Choir at the Community Centre and the Local Library has become a special fixture. Regular twilight concerts allow parents and families to see their children’s growth as musicians whilst giving others opportunities for solo and group singing. The performing arts and related subjects acts  as a vehicle for cultural development and are a point at which different cultures meet and develop recognition of one another’s worth and diversity.