Art and Design stimulates creativity and imagination. It provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and a special way of understanding and responding to the world. It enables children to communicate what they see, feel and think through the use of colour, texture, form, pattern and different materials and processes. Children become involved in shaping their environments through art and design activities. They learn to make informed judgements and aesthetic and practical decisions. They explore ideas and meanings through the work of artists and designers. Through learning about the roles and functions of art, they can explore the impact it has had on contemporary life and that of different times and cultures. The appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts enriches all our lives.
Although the National Curriculum doesn’t require MFL to be taught until KS2, at Oatlands Infant School, we believe that we have a fantastic opportunity to begin to enthuse children in KS1 and the Foundation Stage about learning foreign languages. In light of this, all children in our school enjoy weekly French sessions, based around songs, rhymes, games and stories. In addition, the children in Year 2 are offered the opportunity to attend lunchtime German and Spanish Clubs.
Our main aim is to foster curiosity and an awareness of the wider world. We seek to inspire the children to approach languages with confidence and enthusiasm as they continue their education and, indeed, throughout their lives.
Music and, in particular, singing are woven into the fabric of everyday life at Oatlands Infant School, infiltrating many aspects of our learning and daily routine.
Our main approach to the teaching and learning of Music is through ‘Charanga’, an online scheme of work. This whole-school approach ensures continuity and progression throughout the Year Groups, as well as supporting all teachers in delivering high-quality Music lessons.
We love to sing together as a whole-school community, uniting in song, in our weekly Singing Assembly. This sense of oneness and social closeness is so important in today’s world of technological isolation. Singing together is also known to boost our happiness and wellbeing, something we are passionate about at Oatlands Infant School. We hope to inspire and encourage our children to grow into adults who are confident to enjoy and explore music as well as embrace its power to improve and enrich their lives.