As you may know, Leamington Community Primary is now an Artsmark status school. This means that due to the many arts and culture opportunities we provide for the children of our school, we are now a Silver Artsmark school.
As I’m sure you will agree, there are already so many arts activities that go on, on a day to day basis at Leamington, but as we believe so passionately that developing creativity is paramount to a child’s whole development, we are now striving to take this education to the next level. We want to provide our children with even more arts and culture opportunities as we move to achieve the Artsmark gold award and eventually platinum.
Meet our Leamington Arts Councillors
As part of our journey to Artsmark gold status at Leamington, we have set up an Arts Council, made up from representatives from each class in Key Stage 2. The council meet on a regular basis to discuss possible arts opportunities they could organise for the school. The children are actively involved in ideas for displays, competitions, mini projects and major school events which are influential in raising the profile of the arts across the school.
Here are just a few of the Arts activities the children have been involved with over the last 12 months.
Leamington Arts Council
Our Leamington Arts Council planned and developed ideas for Reading and Transition week. They decided on a Roald Dahl theme and planned lots of lovely arts activities around this. Even parents helped children at home with their art competition entries.
For Anti-Bullying Week, each year group was tasked by the Arts Council to produce Anti Bullying awareness projects with a focus on the arts. This video was inspired by Lowry’s painting ‘The Fight’.
At Leamington we are extremely passionate about Dance. All year groups have a half term of dance provision provided by LSSP. We have 3 qualified dance teachers on our staff and we love to bring learning to life through this art form. We even organised a Primary Dance Festival in our purpose based Arts Hub, where primary school children from across the city came to showcase their talents and share in their love of dance. Our Foundation Stage children have cheerleading provision provided by Kmax. Year 1 have had a dance workshop provided by Movema and we have purchased their World in a Box resource. We can’t wait to enhance the quality of our learning with the new resource.
At Leamington, we have excellent music provision for all of our children. Each key phase has a weekly singing assembly where we sing hymns or learn new songs for our upcoming productions. Foundation stage and Key stage 1 have a weekly music lesson provided by our creative staff. Year 3 have weekly samba provision provided by Anfield Samba Kids. In years 4 to 6 they are learning to play guitar with Resonate Music Hub. This involves listening to, composing and performing a variety of songs. Our children really enjoy their weekly music sessions and look forward to them.
- Resonate Music hub violins
- Samba provision
Drama activities are embedded across the curriculum and often used as a vehicle for learning. Our staff have had lots of training on how to use drama conventions effectively to ensure excitement, enthusiasm and engagement in all areas of the curriculum. Narrative Immersion, Mantle of the Expert and Talk for Writing are a few of the initiatives we use to enahance learning. Throughout the year, the children have the opportunity to watch awe inspiring plays held at school and at various locations around the city. We feel this is paramount to childrens’ cultural education. One of our strengths is the whole school productions we hold annually for the community. At the end each Autumn and Summer term, we celebrate with a whole school performance which incorporates singing, music, dance and drama. In the past, these performances have included A Christmas Carol, Oliver and The Lion King. In addition to this, our amazing after school club ran by Mrs McKevitt put on additional performances of their own. These have included Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Aladdin and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Arts Professionals who have visited Leamington
We have had visits from many arts professionals who provide us with workshops or talk to us about careers in the arts. We had the author/illustrator Claire Evans in to show us her books and talk about her job/role during Aspirations Week. We also had visits from an extra, who worked for Merseyside Television sharing television secrets and tricks of the trade with children. One of the most exciting visitors that we had was Tim Quinn, the former Marvel comics illustrator, who came in with a creative writing team who worked with us on a project around superheroes. This was called Writing on the Wall.
Here is some of the work we produced after being inspired by the illustrators. Be sure to check out our comic strips that are currently being published as part of our creative writing project, Writing on the Wall.
We have the opportunity to watch lots of plays at Leamington which always provide an enriching experience. This inspires us to create plays of our own and perform them for our school and the wider community. To further enhance our love of reading, our understanding of science and E-safety, we invited Eureka, Altru Drama and CBBC in to perform a variety of shows for our children. We also had Shakespeare workshops for our year 6 children and storytelling assemblies by professional storyteller Katrice Horsley.
During Aspirations Week, we were visited by many arts professionals who came to talk to the children about pursuing a career in the arts. We were also set a challenge by Virgin to make £5 grow. Many of our children used arts and crafts skills that they have developed at Leamington to make items to sell in order to build a profit.
Cross Curricular Links
Miss Coleman runs a fantastic geography after school club where the children are inspired by artists who use maps to create artwork. They also look at art from other cultures as well as famous landmarks from around the world.
During Science Week the children wrote and performed the Science Week assembly for the rest of the school. Our focus this year was using recyclable materials. Each year group had a different visual art focus ranging from creating fashion accessories to building a reading hub.
Our ICT week was a very exciting week because the children got to try out lots of alternative art forms, such as 3D printing, green screen, animation, virtual reality and augmented reality. Check out some of the amazing activities on the link below.
Year 6 researching Ancient Civilsations through their History topic.
Annual Events at Leamington
- Harvest Festival
- X Factor
- Leamington’s Got Talent
- Easter art competition
- Easter service
- Easter Bonnet Parade/ Eggsessories parade
- Year 6 Leavers show
- Year 6 Fancy Dress
- Transition Week
- Aspirations Week
- Year group assemblies focused on the arts
- Family fun events for Christmas and Easter
- Visit museums (At least one visit for every key phase)
- Visits to art galleries
- Visits to Chester Roman museum – Role play
- Heritage workshops at The Bluecoat
- Year 4 visit to the Philharmonic Hall
- Dot Art at St. George’s Hall
- Town Hall visit and art competition
- Spanish children and teachers visited our school
- Christingle Choir and Dance club performed at Christingle Service
- Primary Choir competition at St John Bosco
- Choir performance at St Nicholas Church for Police
- Choirs performance for Pensioners at Christmas
- Choirs performance at Pensioners Afternoon Tea
- Choir performed a Beatles song on radio BBC Merseyside and BBC News as part of the Sgt Peppers 50th birthday celebrations
- Lord Mayor Christmas Card Design Competition
- Now Festival Art Competition (Work presented in the Tate)
- Valentines art competition
- Royal Mail Design a stamp competition
- Dot art competition (Work displayed in St George’s Hall)
Over the 12 months, we have worked extremely hard making links with cultural partners. This has led to the creation of a robust, sustainable primary network where arts and cultural ambassadors from across the city can come together and support one another in their policy and design. This has been one of our greatest acheivements.
We have also made links with lots of high schools and worked with them on arts based projects and made many cultural partnerships.
- Primary Dance competition St John Bosco
- Now Festival Drama production
- St John Bosco Lion King Production
- Art transition workshops at Alsop High School
- African dance and drumming workshops and after school performance at North Liverpool Academy
- Musical Movement ran by Children’s Centre for foundation children
- Cheerleading KMAC Foundation
- Cultural Partnership with Fact
- Cultural Partnership with Bluecoat
- Barcelona children to visit our school
- Careers Council with Year 6 children
- Philharmonic Hall
- Anfield Samba Kids
- Writing on the Wall
- Primarys Arts Network Meeting sharing practice between schools and art professionals
We are very lucky to live in such a city filled with lots of art and culture. Why not visit the following?