The Arts

At St Wilfrid’s we have an excellent track record of work within all areas of the Arts Curriculum. Our Academy achieved Arts Mark Gold for the third time, something the whole Academy community is very proud of. The Academy also work towards Arts Award at Discover and Explore levels which is a national award scheme for the Arts.

“The Arts” covers Art and Design, Music, Drama, Dance and Media. 


Art and Design

Through art, we give children the opportunity to explore and develop their practical and thinking skills using a variety of media and techniques. They are also given an insight into the working methods of known artists and the influences of different cultures throughout the world, past and present.

Children are also given opportunities to develop ideas across the arts making valuable links between visual arts, language, music, dance and drama. Art is shared within school via display and with the wider community through our website.

Key Stage 1

Through cross curricular themes pupils are taught:

•    to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products
•    to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination
•    to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space
•    about the work of a range of artists, craft makers and designers, describing the differences and similarities between different practices and disciplines, and making links to their own work

Key Stage 2

Pupils are taught to develop their techniques, including their control and their use of materials, with creativity, experimentation and an increasing awareness of different kinds of art, craft and design.

Pupils were possible are taught through cross curricular topics:

•    to create sketch books to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
•    to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]
•    about great artists, architects and designers in history


Assessment takes place in line with the agreed schools assessment policy. Assessment is regarded as an integral part of learning and teaching and is a continuous process. Teachers evaluate the work in art against clear expectations. Different strategies are used for assessment procedures; observation, discussion, product. Reporting to parents takes place at two parent’s evenings during the year and in the form of a written report.



In music lessons the children are involved in making and responding to music. We aim to develop each of the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising in all activities and extend these skills by applying listening skills, knowledge and understanding of music.

At the same time it is important to develop the idea that music is fun and is for life. The children are given opportunities to experience a wide range of live music, both in our academy and at other venues, such as the Bridgwater Hall, Manchester. They are also encouraged to perform their own music for an audience, developing their self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

As part of our extensive programme of extra-curricular activities, we encourage children in Years 3-6 to join our choir. Recorders are taught in Years 1 and 2 during weekly music lessons and in a KS2 lunchtime club.  Ukulele Club also runs at lunchtimes. The children enjoy learning new skills and performing to others.

Year 4 children all learn violin, viola or cello as part of their weekly music lesson. Many KS2 children take up the opportunity of instrumental music lessons from the peripatetic music service. Pupils often go on to take part in Wigan Music Service bands and choirs and we hold our own fantastic annual Summer Music Concert at St Wilfrid’s Church where children from Year’s 1 to 6 perform to a packed audience.



In dance, the children create movements to music based around a theme, often what is being covered in class in topic based work. They work both independently and in groups varying in size depending on the activity. Throughout the Academy, all of the children have various opportunities to attend after school dance clubs.

In Year 3 and 4, the children also all get an opportunity to work with Miss Banks once a week doing street dance as their Physical Activity session and some of these children are lucky enough to be chosen to perform for parents during Open Evening.

As well as all of this, all children across the whole Academy get the wonderful opportunity to be involved in our biannual Dance Festival. This is a fantastic event where we celebrate dance together.



Different avenues of Media are explored at St Wilfrid’s.


We have the termly Owl Newspaper written and created by Year 6. This has been running since 2004 after a team of Year 6 pupils from St Wilfrid’s won a competition, organised by Wigan Council to create a pupil newspaper.


Children frequently record their work using hand-held flip cameras as filming is embedded within the curriculum. They are used for a variety of purposes from Weather reports within Geography to News reports of historical events to explanations of how DT products have been crafted. We also create bigger projects. Some of our films to date have been a collaborative Year 2 and Year 5 Celebratory Diamond Jubilee Film, which was gratefully received by the Queen and Prince Philip and a Year 3 Weather Report using the studio facilities at Winstanley College where the children were able to see and use Chroma-key technology (blue screen).


We have recently ventured into Radio. Year 5 took part in a special competition organised by United Utilities to find a new radio advert for the Winterwise campaign. Year 5 have had to research the topic, write scripts, record audio and add special sound effects. 

Office Contact: Mrs P Jackson

St Wilfrid's Church of England

Primary Academy.

Rectory Lane, Standish,

Wigan WN6 0XB

Tel: 01257423992

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