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Expressive Arts

'The Arts'


The 'Arts' curriculum at Holme school inspires the highest forms of human creativity. It is central to the work that we do, and this importance is reflected in our Arts Mark Gold Award status. The expressive arts enrich all areas of the curriculum, teach the children to be resourceful and imaginative, and they provide other ways for children to express their ideas and learning.


Art and Design


Our art curriculum engages, inspires and challenges pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to explore making their own pieces of art, craft and design. The children are given the opportunity to explore using a wide range of toold and techniques, and to appreciate the different ways that Art is used to express and challenge.


The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms




At Holme school our children enjoy listening to a wide range of music. They join in with singing and listen to music as part of our daily collective worship, and they are taught to think about how music makes us feel and how music is used for different celebrations and traditional occasions. The children are given the opportunity to explore playing musical instruments both individually and as a class group, and they are instilled with a love of music and an appreciation for the skill involved in learning how to play a musical instrument.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations


Dance and Drama


Although not outlined as discrete subjects in the national curriculum, the children use Dance and Drama within the teaching and learning of other subjects.

Dance is primarily covered within PE, where the children learn about different ways to move their bodies, perform dances using simple movement patterns and compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.

Drama is used in both PSHE lessons and Literacy lessons, to help the children to explore different character roles, and to practise reading dialogue aloud. They also learn to work as a team during Dance and Drama activities, building both confidence and strong working relationships.


Some of the above information has been taken from the national curriculum online. These resources and further information can be found at:

We have been lucky enough to welcome artists and illustrators into school to lead workshops with our children.

Year 3 and 4's visit to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.