We approach this by splitting classes into groups of 15 and having a Creative Enhancement afternoon once a week. Years 1-3 on Monday and Years 4 -6 on Wednesday. Celebrations of learning are held each half term and the children benefit in 6 weeks of learning:
Through Music, children are actively involved in performing, improvising, composing, listening and appraising. They all have access to percussion instruments but also have the opportunity to learn to play the recorder, violin or steel drum instrument.
Through Art, children use colour, texture, pattern and different materials and processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. We place great importance on displaying children’s work around the school and on visiting galleries to study the work of other artists.
Through Dance, children learn to express themselves and work in cooperation with others. They interpret music, topics and perform to an extremely high standard in performances and festivals throughout Liverpool
Through Cookery (Science AT1), children understand how food is grown on our own school plots, work with an experienced chef and create their own healthy recipes
Through ICT – creative writing and publishing is brought to life with animations, blogging, use of radio station and iPads
Through Drama, children discuss their experiences, look at characterisation, puppets, mask making and working together to perform.
As a Centre for Excellence for the teaching of French we are lucky to have the support of an extremely experienced teacher, Mme Vicars, our assistant Aurolie and our coordinator, Monsieur Conn. All staff are trained in speaking in French and the children have lessons twice weekly. This is followed up by informal teaching of songs, reading of words and celebrations in French (our 2012 Harvest Festival is a good example of this).
Children in Years 5 and 6 have the opportunity to visit France and we have established links with many countries and school overseas – please see our website for more details and be prepared to say ‘bonjour’ when you visit us!