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Hadrian Primary School

"An outstanding school where children make excellent progress" Ofsted

Creative Arts

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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 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. 
Aims: The core curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:

 • 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.  



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.



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. 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. 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. They use ICT to realise or enhance their composition and performance, and to promote their understanding of how music works.


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
  • Fortnightly singing sessions
  • 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


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