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Art and Design

Children build on their skills in art each year.  Units of learning are planned with a focus on a particular skills e.g. tone, pattern etc.   Each year, children will develop their skills of drawing (pencil, charcoal, inks, chalk, pastels), painting, printing, textiles and 3D design.  Children will learn about these skills by studying famous and local artists to improve their own skills in a range of contexts.


Children have a wide range of opportunities to explore, make and create throughout the school year.  This is often done in their own sketchbook, which all children use to practice the key skills within each medium before creating their own finished outcomes.  Children are encouraged to be critique each other’s work and to support one another in their learning for art and design.



Each year, every child in the school have opportunities to take part in a class performance.  Children learn performing and singing skills which they can use as part of these performances.  All children take part in the performances where they undertake different roles.


Reception perform a rendition of the Christmas nativity whilst years 1 and 2 have their own performance in December.  Years 3 and 4 hold a performance before Easter whilst years 5 and 6 close the year with a Summer production.



Dance is taught every year at Newton Ferrers.  Children build on their skills each year.  When children reach the top of the school, they will have the opportunity to perform at the Ivybridge Community College Gym and Dance performance.



We aim to offer a progressive music curriculum to all.  Children will build on their own ability to compose and perform using different instruments and their own voices.  Each year, children also build on their skills to transcribe, listen and describe.


Across the key stages, Children will begin to appreciate different forms of music through the various (related) dimension of pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre and texture. In Key Stage 1, they will explore a range of percussion instruments and begin to create their own sounds. In Lower Key Stage 2, music notation and the notion of ‘reading’ music will be introduced to children. At this stage, they will also have the opportunity to learn basic notes on a recorder so that they can play a simple tune. This will develop into Upper key Stage 2 with access to ukuleles so that they can create and select appropriate sounds.  


Singing – with the expressive use of voice – remains an important aspect of our musical curriculum and features heavily in our daily acts of worship as well as end of term musical productions.