The Arts

Art and Design


Balgowan is guided by the QCA  Unit Plans enabling pupils to build upon their knowledge, skills and understanding as they move through the school from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 2.  Art is taught through a range of practical activities involving pupils working both on their own and also in collaboration with their peers.

Experience with a wide range of materials and tools within painting, collage, print making, textiles, sculpture and digital media on different scales enables pupils to understand the characteristics and potential for creativity.  Pupils are taught how to best represent their ideas and feelings and to communicate what they see, feel and think and are helped in this through their study of the work of sculptors, painters, photographers, textile designers from different times and cultures.  During their time at Balgowan, pupils also work with current artists as well as visiting galleries such as Tate Modern and Tate Britain.  Learning to evaluate their own work and that of others is an essential part of the Art and Design programme.


Musical experiences for all pupils include exposure to a wide variety of live and recorded music from different times and cultures.  Pupils are taught to listen with concentration and with an attention to detail in order to help them understand appreciate and enjoy music as well as how to respond in different ways to it.  Through classroom music and regular song practice pupils are taught how to play tuned and untuned instruments with control and rhythmic accuracy and to use their voices expressively in songs, rhymes and chants.

Pupils’ knowledge, skills and understanding is developed across Key Stages 1 and 2 within a practical music framework where the emphasis is on activities that integrate three main musical elements of

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Appraising

The quality and range of music within the school is enhanced through the work of the visiting peripatetic teachers from the Bromley Youth Music Trust and the extra-curricular activities provided for the school’s choirs and instrumental music groups by our own music teachers.  Balgowan choirs and bands have performed at the Bromley Schools Prom staged at the Fairfield Hall, Croydon as well as at other venues in Bromley and beyond.