AIM@Arts – A Programme of Extended Curriculum Opportunities
Woodcroft pupils are offered an Arts programme of outstanding opportunity that extends beyond the National Curriculum. We call this AIM@Arts. This programme is described in the mission statement below:
Pupils follow an integrated curriculum with guaranteed Arts experiences and opportunities that are identified in Woodcroft Arts Charter.
How the Arts support across the curriculum is outlined is our statement of General Capabilities
AIM@Arts therefore provides opportunities for integrated Arts that go above and beyond the National Curriculum for every year group. The scope of these learning experiences is outlined below:
End of key stage Arts expectations have been outlined for each year group from Early Years through to Year 6 in the ‘Sequence of Achievement’ document. These cover Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Art and both broaden and extend the National Curriculum.
For further information:
The Arts Award
Woodcroft is an accredited Arts Award Assessment Centre and offers all pupils the opportunity to complete an innovative programme of Arts education from Nursery through to Y6.
Successful 2016 Arts Award Qualifications
Woodcroft Year 6 successfully completed their 2016 Arts Award Qualification. Trinity College assessed the pupils portfolios and confirmed that 55 pupils had achieved the standard for Bronze Award. The overall evidence presented by the school was praised for its high quality. Read more here…
Click here to find out more about The Arts Award.
Unicorn Collaborate Partnership 2015 -16
COLLABORATE was a year-long partnership programme between the Unicorn and one primary school that gives teachers and pupils unparalleled access to theatre for young audiences. Woodcroft was selected as the Collaborate Partner for 2015-16!
This was a unique opportunity to place a whole-school focus on theatre and creative learning, and explore artistic and educational practice with professional theatre-makers. This included a music residency with award wining artist Greg Sinclair.
Engaging in Arts education provides a unique opportunity for all pupils to share and celebrate their achievements in a creative and personal way. Woodcroft provides a broad range of experiences with the support and dedication of specialist professionals to ensure all pupils are able to succeed in their education. Aim@Arts allows pupils to explore the core curriculum through creative means, and provides them unique and valuable life experiences to build their social, moral, spiritual and cultural understanding.
Social, Moral and Cultural Education (SMSC)
Woodcroft’s Arts curriculum directly supports the development of pupils’ social, moral and cultural education. It also contributes to their learning about British values.
Our delivery of the The Arts Award enables Woodcroft to demonstrate that we provide a well-planned arts education that fully supports SMSC development, contributes to their British values and supporting the needs of disabled pupils for the purposes of the Equality Act 2010, including those who have special educational needs.
To find out more about how our Arts curriculum benefits all pupils please click on the document link : SMSC and the Arts Award at Woodcroft
Clubs & Extra Activities the The Woodcroft AIM Clubs Academy
At Woodcroft we provide an excellent range of range of clubs to enrich and extend the curriculum. These include:
- Woodcroft Junior and Senior Choirs
- KS1 and KS2 Guitar Clubs
- String Ensembles
- Flute Choir
- Woodcroft Orchestra
- Drama Club
- Junior Dance Club
- Art Club
For a comprehensive list of clubs please view the current clubs leaflet by clicking here..
Read the latest Woodcroft Arts News Special Issue (November 2016) for a summary of events and activities taking place,
We enrich the curriculum to inspire outstanding art. Recent examples of some opportunities offered include: (click on the links for more information)
- Termly music concerts performed by Woodcroft pupils
- ‘National Nutcracker’ Autumn 2016 with The Royal Opera House and Royal ballet
- Community Performance Festivals
- POET Opera Project 2016 ‘ Verdi’s Macbeth’
- Woodcroft was the 2015 – 16 Collaborate Partner of The Unicorn Theatre
- Art Week 2016
- Samba residency project with Ollie Tunmer (Beat Goes On)
- ‘All Ears’ Unicorn Musical Theatre Residency with Greg Sinclair
- Joint school instrumental concerts
- School musical of The Lion King performed Summer 2015 – collaboration between Drama club, Mega Movers and Senior Choir
- Senior Choir performed ‘Play On’ at Royal Albert Hall at Barnet Education Arts Trust Gala Concert (2015)
- School Choir and Year 5 pupils performed at Voice in a Million at Wembley Arena
- Senior Choir perform annually at Barnet Music Festivals at Finchley Arts Depot. Woodcroft regularly host rehearsals for neighbouring schools
- Year 2s perform annually at Barnet Infant Music Festival, which Woodcroft regularly host
- Year 4s participating in BBC Ten Pieces Project
- Woodcroft has worked with performed with the English Pocket Opera Company for their Opera Blocks programme in 2015 (Romeo and Juliet) and 2016 (Orpheus and Eurydice) and Ring Round the World for the London 2012 Olympic Games
- Year 6 pupils work towards their Bronze Arts Award
- Annual EYFS and KS1 Christmas Plays and Year 6 Leavers’ Musical
Here’s what Ollie Tunmer, body percussionist and star of STOMP, had to say when he visited in his role of BBC Ten Pieces Champion to provide workshops as part of project…
Facilities & Resources
Woodcroft has outstanding facilities and resources to support The Arts. These include:
- The Woodcroft TARDIS – our 4D Immersive Suite
- Fully resourced music room
- State of the art staging, sound and lighting for productions
- Instrumental teaching suite
- Full time specialist music teacher
- Specialist dance choreographer
- Professional instrumental teachers through BEAT
- Whole class instrumental tuition
– ArtsMark Gold School (Awarded May 2013)
– Rock Challenge regional winners 2013. Southern Region Finalists 2013, 2014 and 2016
– The Great Big Dance Off London Regional Winner 2017 and National Finalists 2016
– WINNERS – Best Music Department 2015 – Music Teacher Excellence Awards
Our plans for the future
– Pupils to attend live professional performances (minimum 1/term)
– Further develop staff confidence in teaching and leading a wide range of arts subjects
– Certify and celebrate pupil work through the Arts Award
– Retain ArtsMark Gold status (due for renewal 2016)
Woodcroft Arts Sponsors
The Woodcroft Arts programme is proudly sponsored by: