Brookhurst Primary School
A place to think and grow

Art & Music

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The Arts play a fundamental role in the education of the ‘whole child’. Your child will engage in activities which involve creating, performing, presenting and responding to the whole spectrum of arts subjects – and have fun too!

Dance

Children experience a variety of dances within class lessons. They have opportunities to respond to music and create their own dance or use dance as a way to extend topic ideas that are being covered in the classroom.

We have a maypole so children are also able to learn some of our own traditional dances. There is a dance club who have had the opportunity to perform in a theatre for a charity concert.

Art

Art enables children to learn about their world and become visually literate; their experience of art enriches their lives. Children are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of materials and to take pleasure in the creative process.

What about the Arts?

The Arts play a fundamental role in the education of the ‘whole child’. Your child will engage in activities which involve creating, performing, presenting and responding to the whole spectrum of arts subjects – and have fun too!

Music

Music at Brookhurst School

Brookhurst School offers a wide variety of musical experiences both within curriculum time and through extra-curricular clubs and performances.  The aim is to be as inclusive as possible and to impact on pupils’ well-being and academic progress through learning to perform in groups, as a soloist and as a confident individual.  We believe that collective acts of music-making bring with it a strong sense of belonging and self-worth and the skills involved in performing music enhance the ability to perform well across all other areas of study.

Instrumental lessons

Instrumental teachers from Warwickshire Music Service provide weekly lessons for small groups and individuals in guitar, keyboard, violin, recorder and flute.  This list of instrumental provision may change according to demand.

Brookhurst Choir

Brookhurst Choir meets on a weekly basis and is open to all Key Stage 2 pupils.   The choir perform at School concerts and services and usually experience a public performance at an outside venue.  In past years this has included Royal Leamington Spa Centre, Warwick Hall and North Leamington School.

Brookhurst Breakfast Band

Brookhurst Breakfast Band is open to all instrumentalists and typically comprises recorders, flute, guitar, violin, keyboard, piano and percussion.  Weekly rehearsals prepare the band for termly informal concerts for parents and an end of year performance in the Summer Ensembles Concert.  Brookhurst Breakfast Band may also support festive occasions such as Harvest Festival and Christmas services.

Brookhurst Samba Band

The Samba Band draws on work done during curriculum lessons to offer all children in years 5 and 6 the opportunity to perform at an internal and external event.  Brookhurst Samba Band has performed in Leamington Spa Centre and Warwick Hall and it is traditional for them to make an annual appearance at the PA Summer Fair and Summer Ensembles Concert.

Curriculum Music

Every class has one hour of curriculum music per week with a specialist class music teacher from Warwickshire Music Service.  The programme of study includes the opportunity to perform using a wide range of pitched and unpitched instruments including xylophones, chime bars, boomwhackers, ukuleles, recorders and a large range of unpitched percussion.  Activities involving listening and appraising skills are carefully planned to expose pupils to a wide variety of musical genres and styles including world music, popular music and the western classical tradition.  Pupils are encouraged to compose, improvise and perform with some use of graphic and standard notation.  Singing together is a key part of curriculum music at Brookhurst.

Upbeat Classes

In addition to curriculum music, Year 3 will be experiencing Upbeat Classes – whole class instrumental teaching.  Warwickshire Music Service provide a qualified instrumental Upbeat teacher to teach whole class performance skills including general musicianship.  The choice of instrument may vary but has included Ukulele and Woodwind.  Upbeat Classes perform to parents at least once a year and some children are then inspired to apply for individual lessons thereafter.

Singtastic

A whole school singing initiative which involves teachers and pupils singing together once a week under the leadership of a specialist from Warwickshire Music Service.  Singtastic concludes with a fun and vibrant performance celebrating the joy of sharing and singing together.

Live Performances

Pupils enjoy annual performances from visiting musicians in collaboration with Leamington Music, Warwickshire Music Service, local Morris Dancing sides and personal contacts.  A wide variety of musical ensembles engage the children with lively presentations, skilled performances and informative interactions.  Teaching staff at Brookhurst enjoy these informal concerts as much as the children!

 

A rich and varied musical education is provided for pupils of all needs and abilities at Brookhurst School.

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