Music, Drama & Dance
Music, Drama and Dance
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Music opportunities are offered within the classroom as part of the National Curriculum. Using the Cornerstones Curriculum some music teaching will be of a cross-curricular nature, while some will be specifically planned to develop certain musical skills, concepts, knowledge or attitudes. The Music Room houses many tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments as well as an electric piano.
Children have the opportunity to receive instrumental tuition through the provision of specialist NPPS teachers for clarinet, violin, cello, trumpet and tenor horn. Wolverhampton Music Service provide tuition in flute, oboe and saxophone and a freelance musician teaches drums and bass guitar. Lessons are taught in small groups for approximately thirty minutes. When children have reached the required standard they are entered into external examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Extra-curricular recorder and orchestral groups rehearse at lunchtimes. Both groups perform to the school and parents on various occasions including the Christmas Carol Service and the annual Young Musician of the Year Competition.
Most recent OFSTED report stated, ‘Pupils have extensive opportunities to develop their social skills through activities that need cooperation, such as musical performances...’
Drama has many cross curricular links and is an extremely useful tool for improving children’s self-esteem, confidence, speaking and listening, and social skills. Children are offered Drama opportunities within the classroom and also the following: class assemblies, drama club and school productions. During the autumn term, Reception perform their Nativity and in the summer term Y5/Y6 perform their production. Past productions include Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Oliver and Annie. A theatre visit to London’s West End takes place every year for children in Y5/6.
The KS2 Hall has an integral stage and also a set of portable stage blocks. Performances are enhanced by a set of stage lights, a PA system with mixing desk, a voice changer and a set of radio microphones.
Dance plays an important part within the P.E. curriculum and is also accessed within school productions and assemblies. NPPS possesses flexible performance and rehearsal spaces such as a purpose built dance studio with fitted bars and mirrors and two school halls. A specialist dance teacher provides tuition in many genres of dance.
Northwood Park Primary School currently holds the award for the highest rating of Artsmark Gold and is currently working towards the new Artsmark Platinum level. Artsmark is a national award scheme, managed by the Arts Council England, which recognises schools with a high level of provision in the arts.
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