The Arts at Colville School
At Colville Primary School, we ensure that every child has the opportunity to express themselves in all areas of learning in the arts regardless of race, religion, gender, language, disability or family background.
At Colville, all children study music, dance, drama, art & design , design & technology within the school curriculum. The breadth continues after school with a wide range of exciting clubs taught by specialists.
We deliver high standards in the arts so that all pupils can aspire to excellence in all of these subject areas and we expect pupils to develop perseverance and resilience as they commit to and build self-esteem through these activities.
The arts are highly valued and supported at Colville school. They help to develop the full variety of a child’s intelligence including an understanding of cultural change and differences and their feeling and sensibility. Learning in the arts is associated with gains in maths, reading, cognitive ability, critical thinking and verbal skills. Arts learning can also improve motivation, concentration, confidence, and teamwork.
The arts build self-esteem and a sense of pride in our community at Colville. They bring out creativity in students and help to develop children’s social skills. Through the arts, Colville takes advantage of the vast local heritage and is able to give back to its local community.
In the arts, we provide opportunities for children to critically and sensitively analyse and evaluate their work through self-assessment and peer assessment.
Music is at the heart of our community life at Colville Primary School. It has strong links with many other curriculum areas and unites everyone together through our enthusiasm for singing, playing and dancing.
Performance includes singing in music lessons, in the classroom and during assemblies and whole school concerts and productions. Children develop their sense of pitch, phrasing and expression, with attention to detail. Composing and improvising is also a creative element of this subject which allows students to experiment with their own ideas within a practical context.
A strong emphasis is placed upon self and peer assessment, during which students suggest ways to improve their ideas and performances and express what they found successful using musical vocabulary.
Music Clubs and projects
There are opportunities for excellence in music through clubs, extra projects, trips and performing in school concerts and productions in and outside school. A range of these activities and events are posted regularly on our school website.
Each year group has one half term of dance lessons within their PE curriculum per year.
Music, dance and drama are all performing arts studied within the curriculum at Colville School and they are very closely interconnected.
Links with outside organisations
Links with outside drama organisations are very strong at Colville School and include a twice yearly visit from ‘Drama 4 All’. We have developed excellent links with Chicken shed Kensington and Chelsea who are also linked to the tri-borough Music Hub. Their work with pupils in February 2014 included a workshop to years one and two. They also worked on a human rights project linked to ‘Amnesty International’, combining drama, music and movement in the summer term with year five. In addition, the choir will perform in the Royal Albert Hall with our resident opera singers in a production of Bizet’s ‘Carmen’.
One of the highlights of the school year was when year five has professional drama coaching. This culminates in a production of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’. The pupils become professional actors performing Shakespeare on a public stage.
Drama skills are extended in after school clubs and this year our autumn term club was led by ‘Sense Theatre’.
Art and Design
Our Art and Design programme is based upon the Expressive Arts and Design (EYFS) and the National Curriculum Programmes of Study.