The arts play an important role in our 4Cs ‘Big Question’ curriculum.

Art and Design

At Combe CE Primary School, we want all pupils to be artist who have:

  • The ability to use visual language skillfully and convincingly (for example, line, shape, pattern, colour, texture, form) 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, craftmakers 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 skillfully 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.

You can see when the National Curriculum objectives are taught below:

Year 1 and 2 Art

Year 3 and 4 Art

Year 5 and 6 Art

You can see our skills progression grid here:

Art and Design

Design and Technology

We want all pupils to be designers who have:

  • Significant levels of originality and the willingness to take creative risks to produce innovative ideas and prototypes.
  • An excellent attitude to learning and independent working.
  • The ability to use time efficiently and work constructively and productively with others.
  • The ability to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions to develop an exceptionally detailed knowledge of users’ needs.
  • The ability to act as responsible designers and makers, working ethically, using finite materials carefully and working safely.
  • A thorough knowledge of which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • The ability to apply mathematical knowledge.
  • The ability to manage risks exceptionally well to manufacture products safely and hygienically.
  • A passion for the subject and knowledge of, up-to-date technological innovations in materials, products and systems.

You can see when the National Curriculum objectives are taught below:

Year 1 and 2 DT

Year 3 and 4 DT

Year 5 and 6 DT

You can see our skills progression grid here:

Design Technology

Music

We want pupils to be musicians who have:

  • 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 styles.
  • 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 are proud of the enthusiasm with which children at Combe CE Primary School engage in musical experiences. All children have the opportunity to sing (which they do with great enthusiasm) and perform together, to listen and respond to a range of music and to create their own compositions. EYFS and Key Stage 1 music lessons are supported by Miss Sharlie, our local music specialist. In addition to class based music lessons, we offer private tuition in piano and guitar.

You can see when the National Curriculum objectives are taught below:

Year 1 and 2 Music

Year 3 and 4 Music

Year 5 and 6 Music

You can see our skills progression grid here:

Music