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Hadrian Primary School

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Creative Arts

Hadrian Primary school have submersed themselves into a rich arts-based curriculum for several years.


The impact of art has been two-fold; in supporting the development of both those talented in the arts and those who use art to broaden their understanding of other areas of the curriculum as well as a platform to improve their wellbeing. The process of engagement in the arts has resulted in increased confidence and improved self-esteem for the majority of our children.  


Art and Design 



Art and Design has a very important place in our curriculum, we see it as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression. Art and Design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation. Our curriculum for Art and Design aims to ensure that all pupils can:


 • Produce creative work, explore their ideas and record 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 form.


Art and design activity enriches children’s learning and enables them to communicate their thoughts, ideas and observations in a practical and expressive way. In talking about art and evaluating their own and others’ work, children are encouraged to develop their visual language, ideas and feelings. Through experience of a variety of materials, tools and techniques children have the opportunity to record creatively the world around them. 



Here at Hadrian Primary School, we ensure that sufficient time is given to Art and Design, in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. The Art and Design curriculum is coherent and shows progression, allowing time for children to take inspiration from the greats, develop ideas and master techniques. In addition to curriculum time, we also have workshops, external visits and visiting artists into school, throughout the academic year. We are currently part of the EQuIPP Research Project and the Paul Hamlyn Teacher Development Fund; improving Oracy through exposure to the Arts.  Art and Design planning is personalised to the needs of our children; it supports and challenges them and builds on previous learning. To further support this, activities are planned and delivered by an external Artist in Key Stage  2 with an underlying link to mental health and well being. We like to call it 'Mindful Art' at Hadrian. 




At Hadrian Primary School, we want our Art and Design provision to impact our children in the ways listed below. We want our children to become artistic, creative pupils. In order to achieve that, our children will show:

• The ability to use visual language skilfully and convincingly to express emotions, interpret observations, convey insights and accentuate their individuality.

• The ability to communicate fluently in visual and tactile form.

• The ability to draw confidently and adventurously from observation, memory and imagination.

• The ability to explore and invent marks, develop and deconstruct ideas and communicate perceptively and powerfully through purposeful drawing in 2D,3D or digital media.

• An impressive knowledge and understanding of other artists, craft makers and designers.

• The ability to think and act like creative practitioners by using their knowledge and understanding to inform, inspire and interpret ideas, observations and feelings.

• Independence, initiative and originality which they can use to develop their creativity.

• The ability to select and use materials, processes and techniques skilfully and inventively to realise intentions and capitalise on the unexpected.

• The ability to reflect on, analyse and critically evaluate their own work and that of others.

• A passion for and a commitment to the subject.


We monitor the impact of our Art and Design provision through reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes, a celebration of learning for each unit which demonstrates progression across the school, pupil discussions about their learning, which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work, lesson observations and monitoring of sketch books.



Through dance, our learners have rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Creating and performing are core activities for all learners, and taking part in dance contributes to their physical education and physical activity. Learners develop their technical skills and the quality of their movement, and use their imagination and skills to create and choreograph dance sequences. They further develop their knowledge and understanding and their capacity to enjoy dance in taking part in our annual summer spectacular show, dance festival and Shakespeare Schools festival at the Northern Stage.





Music provision at Hadrian Primary School is a cornerstone to shaping our pupils into being well-rounded, knowledgeable individuals. It is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We ensure that children are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. With progression, they will develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to a wide repertoire of music.


Our curriculum for Music aims to ensure that all pupils can:

• 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 inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.




Through music, learners have further rich opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration and enjoyment. Performing and creating music are prominent activities for all learners.


Here at Hadrian Primary School, we ensure that sufficient time is given to music in order to enable pupils to meet the expectations set out in the National Curriculum programme of study. Music planning is personalised to the needs of our children and is in rich in cross-curricular themes and outcomes; it challenges them and builds on previous learning. To further support this, we use a range of new technologies to realise or enhance their composition and performance, and to promote their understanding of how music works. To further enhance musicianship and creativity, children take part in weekly singing assemblies, school choir club, along with concert experiences, visiting workshops and informal visits throughout the year. They can further develop their understanding and capacity to enjoy music in making a contribution to any one of our internal school performances and our attendance at a number of external music festivals. Through these activities they develop their vocal and instrumental skills, explore sounds and musical concepts, and use their imagination and skills to create musical ideas and compositions. 


We truly recognise the value of music in both curricular and extra-curricular teaching and learning. Music provides children with an outlet to express themselves creatively, appreciate different styles of music, learn a new instrument or experiment with their voices.

At Hadrian we offer:

  • Weekly class music sessions
  • 1-1 singing lessons and exams with ABRSM 
  • A well established and successful choir
  • Piano tuition
  • Guitar sessions
  • Violin Tuition
  • Music Tuition across all year groups which will include, percussion, recorder, chime bars, ocarinas and tin whistles




At Hadrian Primary School, we want our music provision to impact our children in the ways listed below. We want our children to become musical, creative pupils. In order to achieve that, our children will show:


• A rapidly widening repertoire which they use to create original, imaginative, fluent and distinctive composing and performance work.

• A musical understanding underpinned by high levels of aural perception, internalisation and knowledge of music, including high or rapidly developing levels of technical expertise.

• Very good awareness and appreciation of different musical traditions and genres.

• An excellent understanding of how musical provenance – the historical, social and cultural origins of music – contributes to the diversity of musical style.

• The ability to give precise written and verbal explanations, using musical terminology effectively, accurately and appropriately.

• A passion for and commitment to a diverse range of musical activities.


We monitor the impact of our music provision through half termly whole school pupil perceptions, termly assessments, lesson observations and monitoring of lesson outcomes via the Seesaw APP.


What our pupils think of music at Hadrian! 


Our pupils are provided with rich experiences within Performing Arts across the year including our annual Summer Spectacular show held at The Customs House in South Shields; captivating a local audience, bringing together the local community and enriching our pupils’ experiences of cultural capital.


The personal progression of our pupils is at the forefront of our Creative Arts curriculum, along with the discovery and celebration of talent. 


“I want to go again, it was simply amazing and breath-taking!”

“My favourite part was performing with all the lights on us!” 

“It felt really special to be part of the Summer Spectacular."


Not only are our pupils enriched by our music curriculum, so are our parents! 


"10 years of summer spectaculars and I'm very proud to say my children have performed in all of them. What a way to end an era! Tonight's was truly Spectacular. Thank you to each and every one of the people involved past and present for 10 years of memories and entertainment."


"The summer spectacular was truly well named absolutely spectacular !! The full show was amazing so much talent in a small school . Well done kids and thank you to all involved you could see all the hard work that went into the event . Made me proud to have children attending Hadrian Primary!"


"They were all absolutely amazing!!!

"For my first ever Summer spectacular to see Yvie on her last ever performance and to see Danny on his first performance. I was blown away with it all and well done to all of the teachers and all of the kids have all done an amazing job thank you for such amazing performance from all of the kids and. Hadrian ROCK!!!!!!!!


Our arts-based curriculum is broad in both curriculum choices, extracurricular activity and exposure to visiting artists, theatre trips and opportunities to perform. The arts provision at Hadrian is fully inclusive and gives children the opportunity to become involved at all levels. 



We’ve been awarded Artsmark Gold!


The Arts Council England has awarded Artsmark Gold to our Primary school in recognition of the school’s commitment to, and excellence in, arts education.


We are proud to be a creative school with Artsmark Gold Status, in which the talents of each child are taken into consideration and consistently nurtured as they progress up the school. We aim to provide children with a range of inclusive opportunities to discover and develop their musical or dramatic competencies, cultivate their cultural understanding and establish the foundations of essential life skills, such as expressing oneself clearly and confidently.


What is Artsmark?

  • Inspiring young people through the arts and culture.
  • Benefits to Children
  • Creating happy, articulate, successful young people


We believe every child should have the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, as well as to visit, experience, participate in and review extraordinary work. Artsmark can help unlock the potential of children and young people, help to develop character and talent, and increase their knowledge and understanding. That’s why Artsmark was created: to bring this ambition to life in every classroom.


Awarded by Arts Council England, designed by schools, the new Artsmark award will help schools to deliver a high-quality arts and cultural education and provides an excellent way to demonstrate this. Across the country Artsmark is rewarding more and more schools for championing arts and culture.


Artsmark gives every child the opportunity to create, compose, and perform, gain knowledge and understanding, and to visit experience and participate in extraordinary work - 


• build the confidence; resilience and drive that will help children grow into happy, articulate, successful young people
• arts and culture unlock potential helping children and young people develop character and talent, knowledge and understanding
• introduce the joys of creating, performing and composing