In September 2018 St Mary’s C.E Primary made a statement of commitment to try to achieve Gold level in the Arts council’s Arts mark. Our aim is to broaden and enrich the children’s learning in Art, Music and Drama and we are going to make a partnership with z arts to help us achieve this. You will be able to follow our journey of creativity here on this page.
We are proud to announce that we were awarded a Gold Arts Mark in September 2021
Our Arts mark journey will continue into 2022. We will be continuing our connections with Chetham’s school of music and visiting the Halle orchestra at the Bridgewater hall too. Our Drama work will be developed further after a teacher’s In-service day with Drama consultant Rebecca Bell. We will be aiming to create more Narrative immersions to make learning in all curriculum areas more active and engaging and to allow our children to show all of their creativity
The Big Draw 2021
This year the theme of the Big Draw festival is ‘Make The Change.’ At St Mary’s we have decided to link our drawing work with our Eco work and make a change to our school grounds. We are going to create a bee friendly garden at the front of school so during The Big Draw we researched and drew all the bee friendly plants and flowers we would like to grow as well as designing the layout of the garden. You can see our ideas on the display photos. If you want to follow the journey of the garden hop over to the Eco page.
The Big Draw 2020
Even though we have been working through difficult circumstances we have still been managing to enjoy drawing. We have all joined in this year’s Big Draw whose theme has been Climate of Change. We have worked in our bubbles to draw the things that are important to us. You can see from the photos that the animals of the land and sea are very special to us. Everyone has been able to look at the amazing display as they go into the hall with their bubble.
The whole school community has enjoyed taking part in The Big Draw festival, Drawn to life. Every class in school took part in drawing activities based around Reddish. The children reported feeling relaxed and fulfilled, calm and tranquil which is great as the theme this year was how creative activities can help with well being. We opened our event out to the wider school community and invited to parents and families to join us at the regular Wednesday cafe at the church hall to join in with drawing a giant map of school. Mrs Redman and Mrs Morrissey have displayed all of the drawings on our very special Big Draw display. Well Done everybody. The Arts council says every school should be an Art school and St Mary’s definitely is!
Andrew Gwynne M.P visits St Mary’s
The School Council welcomed our M.P Andrew Gynne to St Mary’s. He was particularly interested in hearing about our ArtsMark journey. The children were able to tell him all about the Arts workshops they have been involved in, the drama techniques they use in their lessons and future projects such as The Big Draw. He was impressed with the children’s engagement and the way they enthused about their Arts work.
Blue and Indigo classes have been developing their skills in two Art workshops organised by Z Arts. Blue class designed and created Roman banners using natural dyes. They worked co-operatively in groups and impressed the Artist working with them with their teamwork and creativity.
Indigo class worked with a book making specialist to create some beautiful books linked to their WW2 topic. They created their own artwork to go into the books and have written their own pieces to add.
D.E.A.L [ Drama, Engagement and Active Learning ]
Over the next two years St Mary’s is taking part in a project to bring more Drama into the children’s learning to help engage and excite them and provide good talk for writing experiences. The children have told us ‘ it helps me write’ ‘It gives me ideas’ ‘I like working in groups’ ‘I feel more involved’ Talk to your children and ask them about the Drama techniques they have been using in their lessons and look out for displays around school.
Z Arts Creative Connections.
As part of Arts mark we have made a commitment to work with Z Arts to provide our children with a broader range of Arts education. This will involve the children working with Arts educators from Z Arts both at school and at Z arts centre in Manchester. So far Y6 have been involved in a jazz workshop which linked to their music this half term and Blue and Green classes went out to see some live theatre to link to their English work. We are looking forward to more visits and workshops next year.
WELCOME TO OUR ARTSMARK
In September 2018 St Mary’s C.E Primary made a statement of commitment to try to achieve Gold level in the Arts council’s Arts mark. Our aim is to broaden and enrich the children’s learning in Art, Music and Drama and we are going to make a partnership with z arts to help us achieve this. You will be able to follow our journey here and we can proudly announce that we achieved our Gold Arts Mark standard in 2021.