The Arts


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. We believe that music education must engage and inspire pupils to develop a love for music. It should encourage their talents as musicians and increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

Music is evident in our assemblies and in our topics, and through music we celebrate different cultural events and festivals.

We have Music teachers who work with pupils throughout the key stages. We have an excellent choir and a high number of children are learning the violin, cello, recorder and flute, as part of the music curriculum. We work in partnership with local secondary schools to provide opportunities for our children to play and perform in larger musical ensembles.


Dance and Drama

These subjects are developed through other curriculum areas and in their own right, contributing to topic work and our weekly assemblies. Dance and drama are embedded in all our work and celebrated at every opportunity. At Grafton we welcome theatre groups regularly, to support our history topics ranging from ‘Life in Ancient Greece’, ‘Beowulf and his Special Journey’, to Shakespeare plays such as ‘Macbeth’ and ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. Other events include Black History Celebrations and World Day, when we get the opportunity to celebrate our diversity.


Art Education

Art is a real strength as Grafton Primary School, and a huge contributor to the children’s development. We encourage appreciation of art in any form, from Monet’s paintings to sculptures by Henry Moore, including art from other cultures. We simply love being creative and this makes our school a great place to be.


Philosophy for Children

All our staff are trained in working with pupils in Philosophy lessons. These are very successful and provide opportunities for our children to debate, discuss, consider and become analytical about the world around them.