At Bushmead, we believe that the Arts should be central to a well-rounded education and that all children are indeed ‘an artist’. We are well resourced and aim to provide a wide range of opportunities, delivered by both teaching staff at school and external visitors or organisations. We endeavour to provide a vibrant, creative place for pupils to expand and explore their particular interests or skills. In addition, we encourage our pupils to foster an appreciation for the arts around them and develop their confidence in self-expression.
World War 1 Centenary
We will remember them
Our display to honour the centenary of World War 1 has begun at Bushmead. Each pupil will be creating a poppy sculpture or painting a pebble, which will then form part of our commemorative display. Here is a small snippet of work in progress...
A creative and fun way to start the new year!
At the start of the year all of our pupils took part in different art activities to develop their drawing and painting skills. Some year groups looked at and were inspired by Roald Dahl day and the illustrations of Quentin Blake. Other year groups chose different areas of their curriculum to explore creatively .
Sketching by Year 5
Year 5 have been developing their sketching skills and learning how to use pencils in different ways. Here are a few of the fantastic sketches they produced of famous landmarks from around the world.
We have had a lovely start to the year in music. Lots of chances for singing and playing and being able to listen and learn about all sorts of music.
Here is what each year group have been working on recently:
- Year 1: What Makes Me Happy. Exploring things that make us feel good through music and song. Thinking about how different sounds make us feel and noticing differences in pieces of music.
- Year 2: The Great Fire of London. Developing round/part singing and playing skills. Listening and describing what we can hear in different soundscapes linked to the theme. Learning to use graphic scores.
- Year 3: Exploring Music from Asia. Listening, learning and playing music from China and Indonesia. Making soundscapes to match pictures and using simple notation on the xylophone and keyboard.
- Year 4: Musical Theatre and Performing skills. Learning songs and music from the stage and working in groups to create singing and dancing performances. Watching and listening to songs from musicals and developing our understanding of emotion and storytelling through music.
- Year 5: Fanfares and National Anthems. Developing our listening skills and the way we describe music. Improving our musical vocabulary. Improvising fanfares and learning how to play different European National Anthems.
- Year 6: African Vocal Music. Learning about different vocal techniques, a capella singing and part singing. Using body percussion to enhance a performance. Combining different musical skills and layers of sound to create our own unique performances from a simple starting point.