Barr View Primary & Nursery Academy

Barr View Primary & Nursery Academy

  1. School Information
  2. Curriculum and Remote Education
  3. Creative Arts

Creative Arts at Barr View Primary

Art and Design


At Barr View Primary Academy, our curriculum is inclusive, broad and balanced. We ensure the progressive development of pupils' art and design knowledge, techniques and skills and enable children to observe and record from first-hand experience and from imagination. We develop the children's competence in controlling materials and tools and we begin to develop their awareness of the visual and tactile elements, including:  colour, pattern and texture, line and tone, shape, form and space.


Moreover, art and design promotes an appreciation of the world around us. So our intention is to develop a knowledge of significant artists, craftspeople and designers, increase children's critical awareness of the roles and purposes of art and design in different times and cultures, and analyse works using the language of art and design and develop a cross-curricular approach to the use of art and design in all subjects. 



Within art and design, we have an investigative and enquiry based learning approach. Art and design is taught within topics and as an individual subject: it is focused on developing knowledge, techniques, skills and enjoyment. At Barr View Primary Academy, we provide a variety of opportunities for art and design learning inside and outside of the classroom. Every year we have an Arts week where the children study a range of artists and investigate their style and approach. Also, we encourage whole school art projects where the children are asked to contribute to a large scale art work. Their work is celebrated around the school.



For further information on our Arts Curriculum, please click on the link below:


Art Curriculum Map



Music is creative and it is a universal language. At Barr View Primary Academy, we aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and develop their musical knowledge and skills.

Charanga allows a topic-based approach to support musical learning and is recommended by Birmingham Music Service. Pupils develop their knowledge and skills through:

  • Listening and Appraising
  • Musical Activities — creating and exploring
  • Singing and Performing


Pupils use and develop their singing voices, use body percussion and whole body actions, and learning to handle and play classroom instruments to create music and to express their own and others’ music. Children can have the opportunity to perform in an ensemble and they have the opportunity to receive optional peripatetic music tuition within KS2.

Performance is part of musical teaching and learning at Barr View and all pupils participate in performances throughout the year. Pupils take part in Harvest assemblies, singing assemblies and all pupils from Nursery to Year 6 perform at our annual Christmas performances for other children and for families.



For further information on our Music Curriculum, please click on the link below:


Year 1 Music Skills Progression Year 2 Music Skills Progression Year 3 Music Skills Progression
Year 4 Music Skills Progression Year 5 Music Skills Progression

Year 6 Music Skills Progression