Gipsy Hill Federation places great emphasis on the creative arts by the effective integration of the arts through the creative curriculum, which links with topics studied across all year groups and key stages. We take great pride in all our learning environments, which is evident in the stunning art displays in hallways and classrooms that teachers create across all of our schools in order to inspire our pupils.
The highlight of the academic year is Global Arts Day; this prolific day involves all children and adults across the Federation taking part in mixed age art and performing arts workshops. Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting art activities such as mosaics, printing, drawing, textiles and performing arts such as dance, music and drama, all led by highly skilled staff.
Across the academic year, children have the opportunity to work with a range of specialists on art projects. In addition, we have our own specialist TAs as well as strong links with local secondary schools, with which we collaborate to allow children the opportunity to work with new media and artistic styles.
Art is carefully built into every creative curriculum topic from nursery to year 6. Projects within the curriculum link to topics being studied and artistic skills are developed year by year. Examples of topics include painting and mark making in the Early Years, and charcoal drawing in year 5. Educational visits to galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Foundling Museum further enrich children’s experiences in this curriculum area.
A greater focus on dance was implemented in the summer term of 2015 through a link between our schools and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Dance specialists from the conservatoire are teaching children new dance styles, developing their confidence and dance skills.