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The Arts

Drama and the Performing Arts

Drama is a fun, creative activity and is central in supporting children to develop effective communication and language skills. In Reception, role play is fundamental to children's learning. Throughout the whole school, drama is valued because it enables children to practise their language skills in different situations; helps make sense of different points of view; teaches children to evaluate choices and dilemmas and builds confidence and self-esteem. Presentations, assemblies, concerts and plays all offer our children the opportunity to develop their confidence and perform in front of an audience. Performances and workshops take place throughout the year and, whenever possible, children visit theatres and a wide range of arts venues. Regular performing arts opportunities include: our whole-school production at Arlington Arts Centre; class assemblies; concerts and Celebration Evenings and an annual whole-school visit to The Watermill Theatre to see their Christmas production.

Art and design

Art teaches our children to use materials and equipment to represent objects realistically and imaginatively, and to express ideas and feelings. It is an inclusive subject, which has many possibilities across culture and time. Children develop evaluative skills to assess their own work, and that of other artists and to understand the value and significance of art in society. Throughout the school, children have opportunities to visit galleries, museums and other venues to experience a wide range of arts and crafts. Every summer, Curridge Primary School joins with Open Studios to hold our annual Arts Week, when art takes a central role in the curriculum.

Music

Within music lessons, children have opportunities to listen to music, sing, play tuned and un-tuned percussion instruments, and participate in group music-making activities. Berkshire Maestros lead tuition in a broad range of instruments including: trumpet, cornet, flute and clarinet. Tuition is also available in many other instruments from violin to recorder. We are proud of the high grades that our musicians achieve in their external examinations. Our Celebration Evening, assemblies and church services are all occasions for our instrumentalists to perform to an audience. We value the impact that singing can have upon well-being and self-confidence, and the whole-school joins together for a weekly singing assembly. Every child in Years 4 and 5 sings with the Junior Music Festival at The Anvil, Basingstoke - a unique opportunity for children to perform on stage in a professional auditorium. We also offer a range of extra-curricular opportunities for children to develop their vocal talents, such as Summer Singers and Christmas Carollers.

Dance

Dance is a part of our PE curriculum. Children learn dances with a range of movement patterns, and as a method to express their feelings. We employ a professional dance teacher for the duration of Term 6, to coach both children and staff in preparation for our annual whole-school production at Arlington Arts Centre. Extra-curricular dance clubs have included: Street Dance, Country Dance and Cheerleading