The Arts at Great Denham includes the following curriculum areas; Art, Music and Drama. The Arts team is led by Miss Byrne ( Art) and includes Miss Day and Mrs Murrell ( Music) and Miss Langstone. Art and Drama are embedded in all project work.
Music is taught by our music specialist Mrs Murrell ( Year 1 and above). Across the school we supplement our teaching using a scheme of work called 'Charanga.' Mrs Murrell plans and teaches music in line with the Model Music Curriculum as well as our Curriculum Grids.
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 Year 5 and 6, our children have the opportunity to take part in Young Voices at Wembley Arena, a choir of around 8,000 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 2 upwards.
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 curriculum grids for each area of the curriculum outlining the objectives and skills that will be taught in each year group.