Millions of primary school aged children could benefit from having a minimum of 65 minutes dedicated to the arts every day – specifically 17 minutes dedicated to literature, 14 minutes to arts and crafts, 12 minutes to music, 11 minutes to drama and 11 minutes to dance. The figure, a Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) for the arts, has been built using insights from 500 primary school teachers across the UK and guidance from child psychologist Laverne Antrobus. It is published today by Sky Arts to coincide with the launch of Access All Arts week, a new nationwide arts initiative for primary schools taking place this week (6-10 June). Educators have long believed that the arts can help shape and define who children are, fuelling their imagination and igniting their creativity. After a period in which every child’s access to the arts has been severely restricted, owing to closures of schools and arts institutions, exposure to and interaction with the arts has never been more important. Access All Arts week, developed in partnership with leading artists and arts organisations, from poet Benjamin Zephaniah to author Liz Pichon, provides free resources for teachers to take their classes on a week-long creative adventure across five forms of artistic expression. To mark the launch of Access All Arts week, Sky Arts has taken the concept of a Recommended Daily Allowance, well-understood in the context of nutrition, and applied it to the arts to help children get their five-a-day - from reading their favourite books at home to dancing in their classroom. Singer, dancer and actress Kimberley Walsh has also joined forces with Sky Arts to drive awareness of Access All Arts Week and Sky Arts’ ongoing commitment to increase access to the arts amongst all young people. Access All Arts Week is available to all primary school teachers and children in the UK and Ireland. 6,263 teachers and 4,662 schools across the UK and Ireland have already signed up, of which 41% are classed as deprived schools. The resources available cover five forms of artistic expression, with each module containing two different artforms: Marks (2D and 3D mark making), Sounds (Singing and Instruments), Words (Poetry and Storytelling), Images (Photography and Filmmaking) and Moves (Movement and Drama) with ready-to-teach videos and resources developed by teachers and arts organisation partners.
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