Music, Drama & Dance

Music, Drama and Dance

Music 

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Music plays an integral role at Northwood Park.  Opportunities are offered within the classroom as part of the National Curriculum using the Charanga Music Scheme with staff receiving training from Music Specialists. Some music teaching will be of a cross-curricular nature where it is felt it enhances the learning whilst most will be specifically planned to develop certain musical skills, concepts, knowledge or attitudes. Following the Charanga scheme, each child will be given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder or glockenspiel depending on which cycle they are following. We are also extremely fortunate to have a well-equipped music room which houses many tuned and non-tuned percussion instruments as well as several keyboards, an acoustic and electric piano. 

 

Whilst in Key Stage 2, children have the opportunity to receive instrumental tuition through the provision of specialist teachers for violin, cello, trumpet, tenor horn, drums and bass guitar. Wolverhampton Music Service provide tuition in flute, clarinet and oboe and saxophone; these instrumental lessons are taught in small groups for approximately thirty minutes. When children have reached the required standard, they are entered for external examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College.  

 

Further opportunities to embed skills and talents are given through hymn practice, weekly class assemblies, nativities and end of year productions where our ever-growing staff band provide live music for the children to perform to. 

 

Extra-curricular recorder and orchestral groups rehearse at lunchtimes: both groups perform to the school and parents on various occasions during the school calendar including the Christmas Carol Service, Easter Service and the annual Young Musician of the Year Competition.  Our drum and bass guitar students host a rock concert each Summer aptly named “Northfest” which is very popular event amongst the children. 

 

NPPS also take part in the Whole Class Instrumental Teaching (WCIT) offered by Wolverhampton Music Hub.  This year, every child in Year 4 is given the opportunity to participate in djembe drum lessons.  

  

Our most recent OFSTED report stated, ‘Pupils have extensive opportunities to develop their social skills through activities that need cooperation, such as musical performances...’ 

  

Drama 

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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, Bugsy Malone, Oliver and Annie. A theatre visit to London’s West End takes place every year for children in Y5/6 where children take inspiration from seeing live performances. 

 

Our 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 and our audience have the opportunity to enjoy these events whilst sitting comfortably in our tiered seating. 

 

Wherever  possible, we invite travelling drama workshops and pantomimes to perform at our school.  These workshops are a great success and provide the children with enrichment opportunities.   

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Dance 

  

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 with one of our halls having fitted mirrors to enhance dance lessons.  Children take part in a dance workshop alongside their usual curriculum and a specialist dance teacher provides staff with invaluable training in many genres of dance. 

 

Companies, such as the Northern Ballet, are invited into school to provide the pupils with further opportunities to work alongside and watch professional dancers. 

  

 

Artsmark Gold 

  

Artsmark is a national award scheme, managed by the Arts Council England, which recognises schools with a high level of provision in the arts.  Northwood Park Primary School has previously held  the award of Artsmark Gold and now that restrictions are being lifted once more, we are in the process of once again working towards this prestigious award. 

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