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Congratulations to Amy and Jason on their recent success in ABRSM Guitar Prep test.

Wow, what positive comments!


In September 2016 the school started on work towards the Artsmark Silver. Artsmark award celebrates schools that value the arts and work towards for excellence in their provision. The process will take two years from start to finish and the work within the school will be accredited by The Arts Council. We are working closely with a 'bridge organisation', 'The Mighty creatives'. 

This organisation provides guidance on funding and training in the arts and can suggest artists and venues that can support our work in school.

All of the pupils in class 5 are having lessons on Eb Tenor Horn. The instruments are provided by Notts. Music Hub  One of their teachers came into school in the Autumn term to start the project and it is now being carried on until the end of the school year. This work is supplemented by Charanga digital resources We are looking forward to being involved with a number of projects in conjunction with these two organisations. One project will involve working with the Symphonic Brass of London.

Music, Art, Danced Drama will be seamlessly woven into the curriculum. A piece of comprehension has been set where the text is about an artist who is part of the class's art curriculum. As part of our planning in each class, music, an artist and art styles are included with Geography, History and RE topics; in computing lessons searches are focused on artists and their art works.We will be involved at one of the 'Big Read' events at a local library  where we will also be able to exhibit art work from school. Art work is displayed around the school and we are setting up regular exhibitions of art work.

We will be including more dance and drama activities at school and we have already established links with a local dance school who performed at the school Christmas Fair.

We have well established music clubs where children are taught to play Clarinet, Brass Instruments and Guitar. Youngsters have taken and passed grade examinations on these instruments. The singing club took part in the Young Voices concert in Sheffield Arena in January 2017.

Discover and Explore Arts award levels will be introduced. Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it's creative, valuable and accessible.

Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four qualifications and an introductory award.

This has some similarities to the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The Arts Award can be continued to Bronze, Silver and Gold Award when the youngsters move on to Secondary Education.

These are exciting times in school. 

A broad curriculum is on offer to all pupils and the Artsmark will recognise our achievements.