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Kelvin Grove Primary School

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Kelvin Grove
Primary School

Art

At Kelvin Grove we encourage our pupils to create imaginative pieces of work in two and three dimensions in a variety of media such as textiles, clay, chalk, ink, oil pastels, watercolour, oils, poster paints, collage, charcoal, and printmaking. Wherever possible, we encourage the children to use recycled materials within their creative projects. We encourage the appreciation of art from all cultures, and take inspiration from all around us. We run popular art clubs during lunchtimes and after school for every level of ability and enthusiasm. Within the wider curriculum, we incorpo- rate art lessons into the children’s topic learning whenever appropriate.

Kelvin Grove also takes part in the National Gallery’s ‘Take One Picture’ project each year where children from all over the UK produce cross-curricular work based around a single painting. This project goes from strength to strength each year and the children’s work is exhibited for all to see at our end of year school art exhibition. We are also lucky enough to have had some of our pupils’ work selected to feature in the annual Take One Picture exhibition in the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square.

Music

At Kelvin Grove, we think it is important that all children should be involved in quality music-making. All classes have a music lesson every two weeks led by our music specialist teacher. There are also weekly singing assemblies for Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 where the children enjoy songs ranging from curriculum-related songs, to classic favourites, to modern chart singles.

Every year group performs in a seasonal musical production in the Autumn Term, and Year 6 put on an additional production at the end of the Summer Term as a big musical finale before they leave for secondary school.  In addition to this there are performances put on by our extra-curricular music groups such as choir, African Drumming, Piano Club, SuperSonics and Fife Club, which parents are always warmly invited to.

As part of our Wider Opportunities programme every child in Year 4 learns to play the ukulele; in Year 5 they have whole-class African drumming sessions led by our specialist visiting African Drumming teacher, and in Year 6 they learn the guitar.

From Year 4 onwards children at Kelvin Grove have the opportunity to join our music school 'SuperSonics' which operates after school on Thursdays.  Working with visiting tutors these children become proficient in one instrument - either flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, tenor horn, trombone or percussion (depending on availability each term) - throughout Years 4 to 6.  In addition the children have a session of Samba percussion, Music Technology, Rock School and after the first year of tuition also join the school Concert Band. SuperSonics has been running for several years, and many of our students have passed instrumental grade exams and gained entrance to secondary schools that are specialist centres of excellence in music and performing arts.

We also offer extra-curricular piano and fife tuition to children in Years 4, 5 & 6, African Drumming to Years 3, 4, 5 & 6, and have two school choir sessions which run on Friday lunchtimes for children in Years 3-4 and 5-6.  Our school choir takes part in the international Sing Up Day event every Spring, as well as visiting and performing to our community partners throughout the year.

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