Greenacres Primary Academy (South Pennine Academies)

Respect, Responsibility and Really Good Manners

The Arts at Greenacres (Art, Design & Technology, Music and Dance)

Our Art and Design Technology Intent

Art has a very important place in our curriculum. We see art as a vehicle for creativity and individual expression and it provides opportunities for collaborative work. It is an important form of cultural expression and, therefore, has significance and meaning for all our children. Our teaching provides an understanding of all the diverse art forms so that the children experience drawing, painting, collage, textiles, 3D designs, printmaking and digital media.
We have Art Days with a whole school focus on one artist or painting and we include art in our themed weeks.

Our Design and Technology lessons encourage the designing and making of products to solve real
and relevant problems. Our pupils learn to select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics. In the Summer of 2019 we had a purpose-built art studio created to ensure our children have the very best opportunities to succeed in the arts.

Curriculum Maps 'Sticky Knowledge' and Key Skills for Art and Design Technology


In their music lessons, pupils use their voices expressively and creatively by singing songs and speaking chants and rhymes. Assemblies will also provide an opportunity to practise singing. Pupils will also be taught to play a variety of instruments musically and encouraged to play together in ensemble groups. We encourage listening to a wide range of music with concentration and understanding. Music lessons are sometimes linked to themed work and music is used in a variety of lessons and activities to create, mood, atmosphere and to help thinking. The 'Charranga' programme supports our teaching of music across the school and we have an experienced choir who benefit from a specialist teacher. 

Our dance curriculum map can be found under 'Physical Education'. You can click here to view it 

Physical Education and Dance