Art provides visual, tactile and sensory experiences and is a unique way of understanding and responding to the world. Children use colour, form, texture, pattern, different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They explore ideas and meaning in the work of artists as well as learning how to understand, appreciate and enjoy art. Visits are made by artists to provide first hand experiences. Each year the academy has an Arts Week when each child completes a piece of artwork for display in a school exhibition. Following the 2018 Arts Week, which had a theme of "trees", to celebrate our new building and its place in the park, we now have a series of Tinga Tinga art pieces decorating our school.
The teaching of music develops children’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. They are encouraged to take an active role in performing music including in school assemblies and special performances shared with their families. As an academy we greatly value the contribution music makes to everyday life and strive to involve as many children as possible in musical activities. Year 1 classes are named "Skylarks" and "Nightingales", birds famous for their song, in order to reflect the focus during this year on developing singing skills. Ark Byron organises visits from musicians in order to inspire interest and music making. Music specialist teachers join classes every fortnight to lead singing lessons and support the class teachers. The result is a growing expertise and love of singing in Ark Byron exemplified by the Year 2/3 choir whcih sometimes sings in assemblies. Our Year 3 pupils have weekly drumming lessons, using djembes, developing children's music making.
Design and Technology (DT) prepares children to participate in a world of rapidly changing technology. Everything we use in our day-to-day lives – from forks to food and hats to houses – has been designed. Finding out more about how these objects are designed and made helps children to make sense of the world around them. By designing and making their own products, children learn: practical skills, like finding out how things work and making products that are useful and look good and ways of thinking and working, like coming up with ideas, solving problems and working as a team. DT includes Food Technology - learning about making food for a healthy lifestyle. DT teaching is linked to the topics taught each half term.