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Creative Arts


Art at Priestley is so much more than drawing and painting, it is a subject to stimulate creativity and imagination. Supporting and promoting art within our school is important of a child’s personal, emotional and cultural development.  Every child should have a chance to shine and develop their talent within the arts.  Every child/person is an artist!

Communicating what they see, feel and think, children explore a range of disciplines from sculpture to collage, textiles to digital media and as well as drawing and painting. Children investigate and delve into the elements of art such as pattern, colour, line, texture and composition.  hey are given the opportunity to use a range of media and materials to express themselves including clay, pastels, charcoal etc.


Art isn’t perfect. The process involved in creating pieces of art is as valued as the final piece.  Children have the time to make judgements and test out ideas before creating individual pieces.  Indeed, sketchbooks form an important part of art at Priestley.  Within sketchbooks, children build important skills in collecting, experimenting, making connections, planning, thinking, and presenting ideas.  All these skills are transferable to other areas of the children’s learning.

All children are given the opportunity to draw inspiration from art history, famous and new artists. Dedicated “Art weeks” are planned in the school year to give children the opportunity to learn about artists, their specific techniques and their backgrounds and influence. Art weeks culminate in whole school gallery afternoons for the children to showcase their talent and ideas.

Above all, art is fun, often messy, and something the children look forward to.

Useful Websites

Take One Picture

Tate kids

BBC bitesize – Art and design




Music is a fantastic creative outlet.  It is great for the soul and for wellbeing.  Above all, it is fun!

Music helps children to “tune-in”, listen and concentrate and to work together as a team. Of course, music helps the children create and develop new ideas – all super Spikey qualities!

Singing and music thread themselves throughout the curriculum at Priestley, from movement in P.E to immersing ourselves in historical time periods to helping us to learn key facts and figures in Maths and Literacy, not forgetting learning to play and read music.  Singing, exploring and making sounds as well as creating instruments begin early on. We move onto body percussion, pulse and rhythm games as well as playing percussion and creating soundscapes.  We develop our own methods of notation in pictorial form and create and build our own melodies. We move to playing tuned instruments, as a group or individually, and progress to learn to read and write basic musical notation.

Opportunities to learn an instrument, such as guitar and piano, to a higher level are provided by Peripatetic teachers during and after school.

Useful Websites

Musical Toad website - a variety of songs to enjoy with lyrics, quizzes etc

Downs Junior School Music - school website with lots of links for musical activities.

Body Beats online body percussion sessions with Ollie Tunmer, former STOMP cast member. Now delivered daily online at 11am

House of Sound - explore the science of sound, music and musical instruments in this series of short films

BBC Ten Pieces

Chrome Music Lab - free access to a variety of activities to experiment with music across devices.

Garageband - music creation studio, download for iPad / Mac. 

BandLab - created for schools and students but can be used at home, free access.           

(It is recommended that, for safeguarding purposes, parents / carers should check that content on external sites is appropriate before using it with children and are particularly cautious where any registration, sign-ups, in-app purchases or online interaction between young people could take place).

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