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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 each week led by our music specialist teacher. There are also weekly ‘singing assemblies’ for key stage one and key stage two where the children enjoy singing songs from the national ‘Sing- Up’ programme.

We have a schedule of regular performances for parents at the end of each term so that every child will take part in a public performance at least once a year: key stage one in the Autumn Term, years three, four and five in the Spring Term and year six perform their production at the end of the Summer Term. In addition to this there are regular class assemblies and performances by music groups and clubs.

As part of our ‘wider opportunities’ programme every child in year three will have regular whole-class lessons playing the ocarina. In year four all children learn to play the ukulele and in year six they have whole class African drumming sessions led by our specialist drum teacher.

From year four onwards, children at Kelvin Grove have the opportunity to join our music school ‘Super Sonics’ which operates after school one afternoon each week.

Working with four teachers, these children learn an instrument (flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, horn, trombone or drums). In addition the children have a session of samba percussion, music skills, composing on the computer and a wind band rehearsal. Super Sonics has been running for three years and many of our students have passed grade exams and gained entrance to secondary schools which are specialist centres of excellence in music and performing arts. We also provide piano lessons for children in years five and six, two ukulele clubs, an African drumming club and a school choir.

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