At PSJ, creating opportunities to achieve excellence in the Arts is of huge importance to us.
We offer a range of extra-curricular activities throughout the year, such as sketching club and maypole dancing, which are accessible to all. These give us the opportunity to participate in community events, such as the Midsomer Norton Summer Fayre, where our maypole dancers have won awards. In December, the Mayor for the West of England set our sketching club the challenge to create his Christmas card design, and one of our pupils’ entries was shortlisted.
Throughout the year, we place value on the Arts through our CARE weeks, when we have a curriculum focus designed to enhance our CARE values. During CARE week, we have participated in the National Gallery’s Take One Picture project. Each year group has responded to a provided stimulus and the children have led the learning process to create a group artwork which has been submitted. In other CARE weeks, children have created Remembrance Day and Harvest artwork which has been shared with our community.
We have a well-resourced Art room, providing a designated space for our pupils to create high-quality artwork. We have a range of visiting artists and opportunities to see artists in situ. Recently, we have had a theatre company from the Old Vic perform the nativity for the whole school, and the rap artist Blaize has done workshops with the older children.