The Arts 2021 - 2022
The Arts at Plantation Primary School
Music is a unique way of communicating that can inspire and motivate children. It is a vehicle for personal expression, and it can play an important part in the personal development of people. Music reflects the culture and society we live in, and so the teaching and learning of music enables children to better understand the world they live in. Besides being a creative and enjoyable activity, music can also be a highly academic and demanding subject. It also plays an important part in helping children feel part of a community. We provide opportunities for all children to create, play, perform and enjoy music, to develop the skills, to appreciate a wide variety of musical forms, and to begin to make judgements about the quality of music.
Singing in our School
This year in our school, we took part in an anti bullying project where we learnt to sing and sign the song "No matter what" and we performed this in Liverpool cathedral with a number of other local schools. We also performed this in assembly.
Each term, as well as "No matter what" that we all learnt for anti bullying week, we all learn a song in our classes that we perform at the end of term. This is also recorded for our singing portfolio. Last half term, we learnt "Harvest Time"
Our choir has children from Years 3 to 6. We meet every week and have a wide repertoire, including both serious and more light hearted songs. We perform regularly in school and around our local area. The children perform at our local day care centre and in the Liverpool Royal Hospital over the Christmas period. During our performance at the hospital, we raised over £200 for the hospital charity, which was fantastic news.
The children are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument when they get to Year Three. We currently have children learning the ukulele, guitar, flute and clarinet.
All the children in Year Four are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for free. They are taught by an experienced musicians and music teacher and will learn how to the play the instrument during the course of the year. They will also develop other skills in music such as singing and as well as appraising different styles of music.
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) Christmas Concert
Some of our Choir take part in a concert with the world famous Halle brass ensemble every Christmas. They sing a range of Christmas songs and carols as part of a massed choir. This is a fantastic opportunity and the children loved every minute of it. We are always very proud of them.
Arts Education in a MultiCultural Environment Residential
Every year, our year four children are given the opportunity to attend this three day course. During the course of the trip, they will turn their hand to skills as diverse as storytelling, African drumming, Indian Dance and Visual Art,. All sessions are led by professional performers in those disiplines. It takes place at the Conway centre and is a fantastic opportunity to work with other children to try new skills.
At Plantation Primary School, as well as teaching art cross curricularly, we also teach it through art weeks, each of which has a theme. The theme of our first week was famous artists. During this week, children created art work in the same style as that of well known artists. These were shown in the art gallery (See below). Our second week is entitled Art from around the World. Check the blog to see evidence of this fantastic work.
The Art Gallery
Recently, our school had an art gallery, where every child's work was displayed and available for purchase. Children created some fantastic art work based upon art from a range of different artists. They feel a real sense of pride in their work seeing it displayed amonst that of their peers.
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Artist Theme Week
Art around the World Theme Week (Click on the image below for more pictures)
Click here to see details of our recent Arts Award visit to the Williamson Art Gallery with Devonshire Park Primary School
Dance is taught as part of the PE timetable in school. The children develop their dance skills throughout their years in school. They are also given the opportunity to perform dance in front of other people regularly as part of year group shows which take place throughout the year.
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