It is an important part of Academy life that children are able to achieve at a high standard within the arts regardless of their wider academic skills. Our curriculum includes a range of activities in all areas of the arts including dance, drama, music as well as art and design. Children are able to develop their personal social and emotional development within the arts as the Academy encourage them to participate in and respond to the creative and cultural life of their communities and different cultures. Through the arts children are able to express their thoughts and emotions and empathise with others. We offer many opportunities for the children to compete and celebrate their artistic learning through festivals and competitions over the year within and beyond the Academy.
In 2017-18 we are working towards the Artsmark through participation in the CALSA project. This is enabling us to develop different areas of arts education and collaborate with other CMAT academies in various workshops and productions.
Art and Design Technology
Understanding of arts and artists is incorporated into our topics with a strong creative element every term to provide a visual product related to or inspiring the children’s work.
Relevant individual artists, periods or artistic skills or techniques are also studied.
We are lucky enough to have a purpose built music room at Sawtry Junior Academy which is well equipped with a wide range of instruments as well as plenty of space to develop and build performances.
In addition to the music lessons which are part of our curriculum, we are able to offer a wide range of peripatetic music lessons. Some of these are 1:1 whilst otehrs can be taught in small groups, which reduces the cost to parents. We are currently able to offer woodwind, guitar, piano, violin and recorder. Further information about these lessons and the teachers can be obtained form the Academy office.
We are very proud of choir (further information on the clubs page). In the past 12 months they have performed at the Sawtry Carnival, the Summer Fayre, accompanied Wyton brass band at their Christmas concert and been to the O2 to perform in the Young Voices concert.