Banks Methodist School
Banks Methodist is committed to the live arts - it is an essential component in developing the Â‘whole childÂ’. As a very small school, every child has an opportunity and is encouraged to involve him or herself in the arts and creativity.
Within a gifted and willing community, we saw an opportunity to involve, not only the children, but families and friends, in a project to enhance skills and opportunities for the children despite the constraints of a prescriptive National Curriculum.
Every Thursday afternoon an Â‘armyÂ’ of grown ups arrive in school to work with groups of children, mixed ages, between four and eleven years old - yes, we are an Â‘inclusive schoolÂ’ - willing to share their Â‘giftsÂ’ and skills with the children on a pre-planned programme of activities.
Children throughout the year get a Â‘tasteÂ’ of various activities and develop skills across a wide range of activities including cross stitch, knitting, baking, ICT, quilling, horticulture, modern technology, textiles, card/book making, etc., culminating in an Â‘Arts FestivalÂ’ or annual competition.
Volunteers come from the local WI, Chapel, Governors, Families, the wider community; are all CRB cleared and receive induction training.
The project has evolved since Sept. 2004.