Music and Performing arts are an important element of the school curriculum.
Pupils experience many differing styles and generes of music, dance/ movement and drama. The music room is a bright and cheerful room where pupils experience performing, composing and listening and appraising a wide variety of music. We aim to help pupils gain confidence and develop self esteem through hands on activities, and taking part in shows. We use keyboards and both tuned and untuned percussion from different parts of the world to recognise the cultural importance of music throughout the world.
Pupils can have lessons on brass, guitars or drums, which are provided by visiting musicians. Many students have taken part in our recent shows which are adaptations of musicals, and include 'Anniver', 'The wizard that woz',and 'Santas video shop'. All pupils who wish to take part, in any capacity, are encouraged to do so. Several theatre groups perform in school and give workshops, and much cross curricular follow up work is persued. We aim to follow the guidelines of national curriculum, but above all, we aim to learn through fun activities.
Pupils are encouraged to take part in the community and the choir sing for careers day, SEN fair and the 'care for all'. Pupils take part in singing festivals which helps with their self esteem. In KS4 some pupils take part in Arts Award, which is a qualification from the Arts Council and encourages students to develop their artistic interests and talents, including music and dance.
We have our third visit from the 'Mighty Zulu Nation' a fantastic chance to take part in the music and dance from Africa and appreciate different cultures.