As a school we are passionate about developing the whole child. Art and culture are, in our opinion, pivotal to this. Embracing a creative curriculum gives all children a sense of excitement and purpose for their learning. For children who have a natural flair for the Arts it gives them a platform to showcase their learning and the opportunity to develop skills for their future. Arts is crucial for all children, it helps to develop their confidence and also build up their team work and cooperative skills. For some of our children Arts is the one area that they excel in, developing and strengthening this area gives them the confidence in other subjects that do not come as easily to them.
In June 2016, Beechwood established Halton Primary Arts Network, HPAN was formed to manage the provision and development of the Arts across Halton as well as giving the children a platform to showcase their talents. Each academic year, schools work together to create an exhibition and performances linked to a set theme.
With funding support from our PTA, over the last 3 years we have really embedded our music provision. Working in conjunction with Accent Music Education Hub and HWMSS our KS2 children receive specialist music tuition. In 2016/2017 10 children achieved Foundation Levels 1-3 with their instrument and 2 children achieved Grade 1. In 2017/2018 our music has gone from strength to strength with 8 children taking their Grade 1 brass, 2 Grade 1 woodwind and 2 Grade 2 woodwind exams. In 2018/2019, our whole Year 6 cohort achieved Foundation Level 1 on their instrument and 6 children achieved Grade 1 on their instruments.
In July 2017, 55 of our KS2 children achieved Arts Award Explore showing our passion and commitment to the Arts. Our moderator commented that she had seen ‘detailed evidence of a high quality arts journey for all the participants.’