“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”
At Princecroft we aim to foster every child’s inner creativity whether it is through art, music, drama or dance. We believe that the arts offer opportunities for the children to explore, express and communicate their feelings whilst gaining experiences of the wider world. Through experiencing the arts, children develop their creativity, self-esteem and confidence.
The staff provide a range of clubs for pupils, including many that are arts based including designing and constructing, singing and playing simple instruments. The whole school takes part in a singing assembly once a week and many pupils also take part within LEA events such as local dance festivals.
In terms of personal and social development, involvement in the Arts helps children to make choices, identify what they are good at and what they need to improve. Children learn the techniques of discussion when appreciating a piece of artwork or music.
Art weeks, days or events provide excellent opportunities for further links across various art forms and other subjects across the timetable. We are celebrating this integration through our curriculum by applying for the Artsmark awarded by the Arts Council.
Take One is an enquiry based learning programme which has developed from The National Gallery’s highly acclaimed Take One Picture programme. It enables museums, galleries, archives and historic sites to work with local primary and secondary schools to provide engaging learning experiences for children and young people. Longleat is now a partner with The National Gallery’s Take One project and offering two projects. Princecroft is excited to be embarking on their “Take One Penguin” project this autumn term. Keep visiting the website for updates and more information!