At Little Mead we teach art following a topic based approach, allowing for the children’s own creativity. Art is also taught in discrete sessions as well as through a cross curricular approach, emphasising skills and progression in the National Curriculum and building on these developing skills each year. The main areas include: drawing, painting, printing, sculptures (3D), textiles, collage and photography.
Art should be recognised as a medium which can be interwoven into other subjects and can act as a stimulus to aid discussion. Children may use mathematical concepts when painting pictures with pattern, symmetry and geometric shapes.
“The world needs divergent thinkers and art has the capacity to challenge individuals and create thinking minds if the opportunities are there to question, experiment, explore and reflect”. (Robinson cited in Moyles, 2002, p.150)
Each year we celebrate a week of art and each class follows a chosen theme. Parents and friends are invited to an arts exhibition to view the creative work of all children.
Dance and Drama
At Little Mead Dance and Drama are taught through many different areas of the Curriculum, such as, Literacy, History and P.E. It is also an area of the Performing Arts that is followed enthusiastically throughout our school in many different ways. All children participate in class assemblies and have the opportunity to experience working with visiting Dance and Drama companies.
They also have the opportunity to join after school clubs such as ‘Stages’, where they work together to produce a dance which is performed on a professional stage at the Colston Hall. Last year we took our performance out into the local community and performed at Bristol North Link Centre. This was a lovely event and led to the Year 6 children collaborating with them to create two amazing pieces of printed art work which are on display at the centre and at Little Mead. We look forward to working with them again this year.
Last year the Year 6 children produced a very successful performance based upon the story of Mary Poppins and this year staff and children are working together to produce another piece of Musical Theatre.
The children will be writing reviews of performances they have taken part in or seen to help develop their skills in writing, observation, description and evaluation.
These photos are from our Stages dances based upon the art work of Banksy and a walk in the ‘Wild Wood’ and the story characters you may see there, and the Year 6 performance of ‘Joseph’.
Stages 2015 - Banksy
Stages 2016 - Wild Wood
At Little Mead we teach regular Music lessons, as well as providing opportunities to learn to play instruments and perform in a variety of events. We feel that music is an important art for allowing children to express themselves, teaching them perseverance and uncovering natural ability.
Music is very important for both children and staff at Little Mead and here are just a few of the super musical activities that take place:
- regular, weekly singing in assemblies every Thursday morning for the whole school (Y1 to Y6), which include warm up songs, attention to performance posture and diction, and an introduction to music notation through clapping rhythms and reading simple melodies;
- a weekly after-school choir every Friday for Y3 through to Y6, with a chance to learn, amongst other things, rounds, part-singing, call and response songs, a wide range of songs from folk to pop from around the world as well as songwriting and a variety of singing, clapping and more kinaesthetic games;
- singing/music workshops every Friday for classes from Reception right through to Y6, looking at graphic scores and conventional rhythm and pitch notation, reading simple scores and playing ostinato patterns on percussion instruments, and making links to class topics and reading books;
- Last year most children in KS2 took part in Brazilian Samba drumming sessions for a term at a time which culminated in performances for their parents. This year KS2 is very excited to be having steel pan sessions throughout the year.
- guitar lessons every Thursday.
Further to this, there are the seasonal celebrations of Harvest, Christmas and Easter that include singing, often featuring the school choir. Parents are invited to attend these.
In the summer term, Y6 leads the end of year show. In 2016 the school produced Joseph's Technicolour Dreamcoat and last year (2017) the show was Mary Poppins. Their production in July 2018 will undoubtedly be another fantastic show, not to be missed!
Keen and talented musicians can be supported with extra tuition but music is for everyone; it’s a great way to build lots of skills and have fun. At Little Mead we love it!