We are working towards our 'Artsmark'
Artsmark is the creative quality standard for schools, accredited by Arts Council England.
Schools are awarded Silver, Gold or Platinum, based on their achievements.
On Thursday 20th April we had the 'Gospel Touch' choir in to work with children in years 3 to 6.
They began the day with a whole school assembly, where they taught the children a little bit abut the meaning and origins of gospel music and sang some songs.
The children really enjoyed the assembly and joining in with clapping and singing, everyone left the hall with a big smile on their face!
During the workshops, the children did a range of warm up activities and then split in to groups to sing and perform gospel songs with actions.
They then performed them to each other in a 'Halfway Houses have got talent' style competition with Simon Cowell as head judge!
During terms 3 and 4 the children have been creating short animations using learnpads and an app called Animator.
They used various tools, backgrounds and characters to create their short stories.
There are just a few examples below.
Year 6 took part in musical theatre workshops which were run by members of the ‘Wicked’ musical cast. They learned about characterisation, choreography and a variety of different singing techniques. They performed their dance to the rest of the school. Here are some of the things that they said about the workshops.
Matilda “I liked the fact that they went through it with us and broke it down so that we could really understand it”
Kitty “Before we started I was really nervous because I didn’t know what to expect but when I got in to it I really enjoyed it”
Freddie “It was really good fun. They had a really good way of teaching it to us so that we could remember it.”
Ethan “The main thing I learned is that dancing is not as cringey as I thought!”
Scarlett “I loved finding out more about theatres and the background behind theatres such as the costumes and the rehearsals”
Lilly “When I dance in a dance show I feel self -conscious but they really helped me to just let go”
Billy “I learned how hard it was to put a show together and remember all the words and dance moves”.
As part of their work on ‘The Big Adventure’ Year 3 worked hard to create pirate themed dances.
They choreographed the routines themselves and showcased their amazing dances at the end of term open afternoon.
The children in Year 5 have been taking part in a dance competition over the last 2 terms based around the ‘Nutcracker’ which was run by the Royal Opera House. This was a National project and the children worked with a range of online resources each week to help them to create a final dance piece. This was then filmed and sent in to the competition. Unfortunately, we were unsuccessful and the competition was won by a school in Leeds. However, as a reward for taking part, we were invited to attend a special screening of the Nutcracker at the Odeon Cinema Canterbury on Tuesday 13th December.
The children really enjoyed taking part and we spoke to them about it afterwards. Here’s what they had to say….
“I enjoyed the choreography and the dancing. I feel that my dancing has improved.” Lily.
“I was able to express my feelings during the dance. I definitely have a better opinion of dancing now” Esther.
“I liked collaborating to put different ideas together. It was exhilarating” Kameron.
“We were able to enjoy it and have fun. It has really improved my ability to dance” Lara
“I liked that we could watch each other dance. We were able to see the progress” Scott
“I enjoyed the fact that we sent the video in to the competition. It made me feel really proud.” Regan.
“I thought the ballet that we got to see as our prize was really interesting. I liked going to the cinema to watch it.” Harry.
“Now we have done that type of dance at school I would like to do more so that I can use some of the techniques.” Lyla
“I liked the whole ballet. I loved the story, I thought it was really different” Kassia
“I enjoyed joining in and having the chance to try out a different sort of dance” Joshua.
We created a whole school portrait gallery to celebrate the move to the new site.
Each year group had a different medium to work with and the children learned how to create an effective portrait.
They look really great in the new display boards along the corridors!