At Arundale, we learn to respect others with different beliefs, faiths or cultural backgrounds. We ensure that our children have opportunities to share and develop ideas about their own belief system and values.
We promote this through whole school weekly assemblies, and through the curriculum and through visits to museums, workshops led by professionals, theatre groups and wide ranging sporting and musical opportunities. We take part in Charity events, have Korean visitors and pen pals, Spanish lessons and much more!
We recognise that the personal development of children culturally plays a significant role in their ability to learn and achieve. Arundale shares and explores beliefs and experiences; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity to reflect.
Our Artist in Residence has worked on day a week in school for 15 years. He really is 'in residence'. The children know him as Tommy or Tommy the Artist.
Tommy Leonard is our artist in residence specialising in painting and 3-D modelling. However, a brief walk around school will tell you he get children to try all sorts of ideas and uses most materials.
Tommy rarely paints, rarely does any of the work! That's the children's job!! What he does superbly well is to use their ideas, he gets the children to research ideas and from their work, ideas and projects are generated.
Work on World War One is simply stunning! It was undertaken last year by Tommy. Presently he is working with Year 6 on a Harry Potter project and each half-term he works in classrooms alongside teachers on artwork related to their class themed work.