Design and Technology
Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2 children complete design and technology projects in materials, textiles, food and control mechanisms. These projects provide opportunities for the children to research, design and make products, learn and develop practical skills and investigate and evaluate simple products. Cooking and nutritional opportunities are available to the children through topics or enrichment activities.
Drama and Dance
We encourage any form of self-expression and creativity throughout school life. All of our children enjoy teacher’s planned and prepared drama activities within Literacy, Topic, Shared Reading and Life Skill lessons. This gives the children an opportunity to use their drama skills in a context, linked to a book or experience.
All children will participate in Dance Lessons as part of their 2-hour weekly P.E lessons. These units will focus on the essential skills of using movement, rhythm, shape with their bodies and coordination to express mood and the choreography.
Performing arts play a significant part within our curriculum and school life. All classes participate in class assemblies where singing, drama and story telling engage audiences of parent/carers and children of all ages.
Festive and termly musical performances as well as termly drama productions are enjoyed by the rest of our school and the local community.
Art and Design
We aim to develop each child’s creativity and imagination through a range of visual, tactile and sensory experiences. These opportunities help them to understand and respond to the world by expressing their ideas and feelings.
In Key Stage 1 the children begin to develop an understanding of colour, form, texture and pattern through a variety of media including paint, clay, textiles, and sculpture.
During Key Stage 2 children build on their knowledge, skills and understanding of different mediums and processes through a wide range of experiences including visits to art galleries, museums and workshops. By exploring the ideas and meaning of the work of other artists, craftspeople and designers, they learn about their different roles and about the functions of art, craft and design in their own lives and in different times and cultures.
Children across Key Stage 1 and 2 are taught musical skills through class teaching using Music Express scheme of work. The school participates in the Leicester Music Services WCET Project, with children in years 2 and 3 receiving steel pan instrumental lessons and years 4 and 5 receiving ukulele instrumental lessons.
At the end of each term the children present a group performance for parents so they not only experience performing to an audience but to celebrate their musical achievements. Where possible we encourage children to perform on a wider stage, such as participating in the school’s concert at DeMontfort Hall.
All children have the opportunity to listen to and learn to sing a wide variety of songs from around the world. Appreciating the efforts of others and performing in front of an audience is actively encouraged.
Thinking outside of the box and creatively is actively encouraged by all adults in school for many situations. This has been a huge part of our new curriculum focus of Learning 4 Life. Children have been engaging with this new aspect of their lessons through practical, problem solving and art activities.