Culture and diversity development are at the heart of the curriculum for the children at Boundary Primary School. We are focused on the development of the children’s character as well as their academic achievement; tolerant, understanding, well rounded, resilient, imaginative and creative pupils are what we strive to encompass through our continued engagement with arts and culture education.
Our current provision includes extensive arts provision throughout the curriculum, building on skills, knowledge, British Values and SMSC, woven through the connections between subjects in a thematic approach, where appropriate. A whole school art gallery, promoting pride in pupils’ work is in the heart of the school. We plan to extend this into the community by displaying the children’s work at ‘@ The Grange’ (a local community centre). A range of pupil theatre performance and viewing experiences, musical performances and peripatetic music lessons are offered throughout school, which are always oversubscribed. Through a diverse range of after school clubs including choir, arts and craft, digital media, film club and theatre groups, we continue to provide cultural opportunities for all children. All teachers are responsible for the development of arts and culture in the setting, and this is evidenced through the yearly curriculum overviews. Staff regularly develop good practice through continuing professional learning opportunities, both in house and throughout the local network. We have explored a range of partnership work by using local providers such as the Grand Theatre and Grundy Art Gallery as venues and providers for activities lead by the children. We already work in partnership with our local Blackpool Music Hub, which provide children, across the school, with opportunities for performances at least 3 times a year.
Our future developments for Boundary are to authentically and actively involve the children in the development of the Arts through a representative Pupil Arts Council, who will begin to organise and choose cultural experiences for their peers. We have invested in a Forest School Practitioner for the delivery of specific outdoor, forest school lessons to build exciting, inspiring and promote positive inclusive experiences for the all children. The Head Teacher, school leadership and governing body are invested in further developing arts and culture within the school because of potential impact it can have on the children’s development and future success, both personally and academically. It is our ambition to provide high-quality experiences in each year group, to view live performances and create art-work in a range of medias, including Digital Media Stop Motion in a systematic and financially sustainable way. We aim to up-skill our teachers using specialist professionals who can offer CPD to ensure the long lasting impact of arts and cultural development. We will demonstrate how arts and culture have impacted on the personal, social and emotional development of the pupils through soft-measures.
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