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Art

Children of all ages enjoy working in a variety of media, including paint, pastels and chalks, collage, clay, paper and paste construction, printing. Children learn to produce work in both 2D and 3D, and in a variety of sizes. Art work is often, but not always, linked to the class topic.

The main aims of the programme of study for art and design are to ensure that children:

  • produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences;
  • become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques;
  • evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design;
  • know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms

It is our aim that the children should have the opportunity to work with a variety of media and be able to develop the techniques and skills needed for each. We have the facilities for drawing, painting, collage, pottery, cookery, needlework and model making. Children are taught to use tools safely and responsibly.

In art lessons, children are encouraged to explore different materials, styles and ideas, investigate different purposes and uses of materials, and to observe, evaluate and appreciate their own and others' art work including the work of famous artists. In Key Stage 2 children develop the use of a sketch book to record their ideas

Our children readily turn to their skills in Art and Design and the Performing Arts in their independent learning.

The school has been involved in the GoGoDragons project this year. Look out for Pax the Peace-dragon in Chapelfield shopping centre in Norwich.

Music

Our school provides opportunities for developing children’s ability to listen, compose, appreciate and perform accurately a wide range of music using voice and instruments, through a programme of planned music lessons and clubs.

 

Every child will have the opportunity to learn to play an instrument. This begins in Reception and Year 1 with the Ocarina, Years 2, and 3 the recorder, Year 4 and 5 the ukulele and Year 6, the clarinet.

 

Private violin lessons and guitar lessons are also available through the Music Service.

The main aims of the music curriculum are to ensure children:

·         perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians

·         learn to sing and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

·         understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Children are taught skills via four major musical strands :-

  1. Performing Skills - controlling sounds through singing and playing
  2. Composing Skills - creating and developing musical ideas
  3. Appraising Skills - responding and reviewing
  4. Listening Skills - listening to a variety of music and applying knowledge and understanding

Performing Arts

We put on a whole-school production every Christmas with every child in the school playing a part on stage. Year 6 students also produce a play at the end of the summer term which is shared with parents and carers. There is a drama club and recently the school has purchased an outdoor stage to encourage creativity in performing arts.

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