Welcome to 'The Arts' webpage. At Sutton Green we are committed to promoting the arts and providing opportunities for children to experience a wide range of art forms, both during the school day and extra-curricularly.
Arts Week - 19th -23rd June 2023
Activities planned so far ....
Special assembly to showcase our school choir, Year 4 dancers and RAD music students
Dress as an Artist - this could be a dancer, musician, visual artist, actor, author, poet
Whole school sing-along to celebrate World Book Day
Drama4All workshops for all year groups
Exploring creative careers for Years 5 and 6
Cultural Education Challenge Commitment
Our school is taking on the Cultural Education Challenge. This means that our learning journey takes us to places where we can create, compose, perform, visit, experience, participate, know, understand and review great art and culture. Along the way, we meet inspiring artists and cultural experts that help us explore our own and others’ inventiveness. Together we inspire each other to be creative, courageous and curious - www.theculturehub.online
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a prestigious Artsmark Award in a momentous year for the programme as it celebrates 20 years of arts, culture and creativity in schools. The Artsmark Award is the only creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England. It supports schools to develop and celebrate arts and cultural education, putting creativity and wellbeing at the heart of the curriculum. Artsmark ensures every young person can be creative and access a diverse, high-quality cultural education. In order to achieve our Artsmark Award, we developed our arts and culture provision to embed a broad and ambitious curriculum. This was achieved by creating an overall plan that was committed to and delivered across the whole school.
Dr Darren Henley CBE, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said:
“I would like to congratulate Sutton Green Primary School on their Artsmark Award. Becoming an Artsmark school demonstrates that through offering a broad, ambitious, and creative curriculum, every pupil can develop character and resilience, increasing their knowledge, curiosity and skills that will remain with them through to adult life.”
Working in Partnership
We are proud of our established partnerships with arts and cultural organisations including Amasing, Totally RAD Music, Theatre Porto, Little Sutton Methodist Church, Little Sutton library, Shadazzle and M&M productions. We are also pleased to now welcome Drama4All to our school community and look foward to working with them.
Art and Design
At Sutton Green, our intention is to provide exciting and memorable art and design activities that have the Arts Council England's seven quality principles threaded through and that link with our cross-curricular class projects and teaches the skills set out in the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters Curriculum.
In art we follow the Cornerstones curriculum which ensures progression of art skills throughout the year groups and provides interesting, practical and high quality art lessons. Our children are given the opportunity to experience a wide range of art activities and develop skills in using a variety of media and materials, discussing, analysing and evaluating art work using a range of artistic vocabulary and comparing artists and designers and artwork from different times and cultures. The cross curricular approach gives us the opportunity to expand the variety of art forms being used within school, to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. In addition, we have special themed weeks dedicated to art and design, where children will use the skills taught to create final pieces which are displayed in our library area.
Our school is registered as an Arts Award Centre and Mrs Richards is a qualified Arts Award assessor. The school is proud to have been awarded the Silver Artsmark award and we have arts ambassadors from each class to represent the children's voices regarding The Arts.
We regularly take up art opportunities within our local community and have recently held a 'decorate a moneybox house' competition, from which the donations in the houses went to the Countess of Chester Blue Skies appeal. We also designed a duck on behalf of Innospec for the Chester Duck Race and won the 'Facebook Favourite' competition! We invited children to make up their own designs and the winner took part in creating the duck. Through extra-curricular clubs, we offer a variety of art based activities, which prove very popular with our children.
Our children are familiar with a wide range of art forms and techniques and have the confidence to apply these in their work. They have the ability to discuss, compare and evaluate their art work and the works of others.
Good arts websites:
Design and Technology
"Design and Technology education involves two important elements - learning about the designed and made world and how things work, and learning to design and make functional products for particular purposes and users. Children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety." - www.designtechnology.org.uk
At Sutton Green, our intention is to provide children with exciting and memorable Design and Technology activities that have the Arts Council England's seven quality principles threaded through and that link with our cross-curricular projects and teaches the skills set out in the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters Curriculum.
In DT we follow the Cornerstones curriculum which ensures progression of D.T. skills throughout the year groups and provides interesting, practical and high quality D.T. lessons. Our children experience and make an informed choice when using a wide range of materials, structures, mechanisms and circuits, and test and explore how these can be improved. They are given the skills to generate and communicate ideas and evaluate their own and others' work. The cross curricular approach gives us the opportunity to support learning in other areas of the curriculum. In addition, we have special weeks dedicated to design and technology, where the skills taught are used to produce a final pieces of work which is displayed in our library area.
Our school is registered as an Arts Award Centre and Mrs Richards is a qualified Arts Award assessor and we are proud to have been awarded the Silver Artsmark award. Our children's views are important to us and we have arts ambassadors from each class to represent the children's voices regarding The Arts.
Through extra-curricular clubs, children have the opportunity to take part in a range of Design and Technology based activities, including cooking and model making.
Our children can make design criteria and use and make choices about components and materials. They are given the skills to work safely to make structures and models and the ability to evalate their own and others' work.
Good Design and Technology Websites:
At Sutton Green, it is our intent to provide children with exciting and memorable musical experiences both in class and as a whole school and extra-curricularly, which have the Arts Council England's seven quality principles threaded through. We teach the skills set out in the National Curriculum and EYFS Development Matters.
In music we follow the Charanga programme, which ensures progression of music skills throughout the year groups and provides interesting and practical musical activities. Our children are taught skills of singing, performance, pulse and rhythm, composition, notation, music appreciation, listening and significant people. Our regular singing assemblies and Year 5 brass instrument tuition provide additional musical opportunities for our children and through our Charanga subscription we have access to songs and music which we use to complement our topics. In addition, through our links with Edsential and Amasing, we offer opportunities for children to take part in concerts, showcases and workshops. We provide our children with experience of listening to a wide range of music, and to support this we have 'Music Mondays', during which we play different genres and styles of music in the dinner hall and classrooms. We regularly take up musical opportunities within our local community, including taking part in Amasing online singing/dancing sessions and concerts, harvest festival and Christmas concert at a local church. We have also recently welcomed a visit from a local musician to teach our Year 6 class. As a recognition of our committment to providing high-quality music education we were recently invited and accepted the opportunity to become a 'Music Mark' School. Our school offers RAD Music Tuition in drums, guitar and piano during the school day. Additionally, through our extra-curricular clubs, we offer music based activities, which prove very popular with our children, including our school choir.
Our children are confident with the music skills taught and can apply these in their own work. They have the ability to discuss, compare and evaluate their music pieces and the works of others.
Recommended website - www.classicsforkids.com
RAD Music Tuition
Totally RAD are at Sutton Green Primary School!
RAD believe that whatever the skill level or budget, all children deserve access to exceptional music tuition.
Our highly skilled network of professional musicians provide next-level tuition for the next generation of talent, no matter the location, budget or capability.
Provided on-site, within school hours and at a highly-competitive rate; with RAD, students can experience expert music tuition that helps them sharpen skills, express creativity, and dream BIG, with no disruption or stress – all from the very best in the business.
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At Sutton Green we are proud to have our own inclusive school choir. The choir takes part in a variety of events over the year, such as the Amasing Concert at the Storyhouse, performing at the Civic Hall, singing around the Christmas Tree in the Port Arcades and Cheshire Oaks, and singing at our school fayres. We have also performed in nursing homes and a hospital. The choir meet Tuesdays at 12:15-12.45pm. The most important quality we ask from our choir members is enthusiasm and lots of practise at home.