Creative Arts

At Thomas Bewick School, we recognise the importance of offering our pupils a well-rounded curriculum and regard ‘The Arts’ as a fundamental part of our Curriculum. Through ‘The Arts’, we believe pupils are able to gain a greater understanding of themselves and the wider world around them. Creative Arts also provides opportunities for pupils to develop core skills in communication, expression, performance and creativity. Creative Arts at Thomas Bewick School is an engaging programme for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils that combines the teaching of Art, Music, drama and dance.

  • To provide a broad, balanced and engaging Arts curriculum that allows pupils to develop their knowledge and acquire skills in the disciplines of Art, music, drama and dance.
  • To promote opportunities for pupils to develop communication skills in varied individual and group activities.
  • To provide high quality arts experiences and resources for our children
  • To develop effective links with the community which strengthen and offer diverse
  • arts provision within school
  • To celebrate the artistic achievements of ALL pupils.
  • To promote positive self-esteem and self-expression in our pupils.
  • To provide pupils with the opportunity to work towards an accredited Arts award at a suitable level (explorer or discover).



  • Creative Arts is delivered to all Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils as part of a carousel on a weekly basis. The carousel is made up of Art, Drama and Music and each lesson is half an hour in duration.
  • Key stage 3 and 4 pupils are streamed by ability for Creative Arts sessions to allow pupils to access lessons at their level of understanding.
  • Teachers use long term overviews to form the basis of their medium term planning for Creative Arts sessions.
  • The policy is to be resourced and implemented through the work of subject specialists teaching within discrete subject areas.
  • Topics have been carefully selected to provide pupils with a broad, balanced and engaging Creative Arts curriculum. The National Curriculum has been used to guide and inform over views, to ensure key skills and subject specific content has been included.
  • Pupils to work towards an Arts Award, through an arts project, during creative arts sessions at either ‘Discover’ or ‘Explore’ level.
  • Develop effective partnerships with a range of artists and organisations (e.g. Northern Stage, Liberdade, Skimstone Performance Company, Laing Art Gallery) to enrich pupils experiences.
  • All forms of communication will be encouraged (e.g. signs, symbols, verbal, actions etc.) to increase participation, develop awareness and encourage responsiveness. This multi-modal communication approach will signify progress and achievement.
  • Pupils to work towards at least one in-house project a year i.e. summer performance or Christmas performance.
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