The Arts at Great Denham includes the following curriculum areas; Art, Music and Drama. The Arts team is led by Mrs Knox and includes Mrs Harwood Bowles (Art), Mrs Burgess( Music) and Miss Day (Music - currently on maternity leave). Art and Drama are embedded in all project work.
Music is taught by two music specialists - Mrs Burgess in Year 1 and Miss Kingham ( Year 2 and above). In Early Years and Year 1 we supplement our teaching using a scheme of work called 'Charanga.' In Year 2 and above we employ a specialist Music Teacher through a company called 'Learning Music' who teaches each KS2 class for their music lesson each week in line with the new Model Music Curriculum and our updated Curriculum Grids for Music for 2021.
In Year 3 our children take part in an external project called 'Sing Up' where they have 10 weeks of tuition by a specialist music teacher from the Bedford Music Hub culminating in a performance at the Corn Exchange, Bedford. In Year 4 our children have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument for the whole year. In 2021 - 2022 children are taking part in 35 weeks of Ukulele lessons. In 2019 Year 4 children learnt the keyboard. In Year 5 and 6, our children have the opportunity to take part in Young Voices at the 02, a choir of around 10,000 children. There are also opportunities for children in Year 2 upwards to learn a musical instrument either individually or in small groups. Currently, children learn guitar, piano, violin and vocal lessons. These lessons are paid for by parents. We also run a choir for children in Year 1 /2 , Year 3/4 and Year 5/6.
The Arts team are always looking for opportunities for our children to take part in enrichment opportunities in the arts. . Children in KS2 have regular opportunities to enter art competitions with the local Rotary Club as well as more recently with Bedford Modern School. Some of the beautiful artwork produced by our children can be seen in our school art gallery!
The links below will take you to the skills grids for each area of the curriculum outlining the objectives and skills that will be taught in each year group.