At The Priory Primary School we value the Arts as a means of developing the children’s creativity, imagination, confidence, language, physical and social skills. It includes visual art, digital media, dance, drama, creative writing and music.
We take every opportunity to involve our children in the Arts.
In June 2014 children from Key Stage 1 and 2 took part in the Annual Wednesbury Arts Festival at the Wednesbury Town Hall. Children from ten local schools performed in a community event of song and dance, based on the theme of America.
In preparation for The 2015 Wednesbury Arts Festival, some of our Year Six children visited the Birmingham Hippodrome in September. This was a fantastic opportunity for the children to visit a theatre and take part in a dance workshop led by cast members of the world renowned “Cats” production. Following this they experienced the excitement of watching these performers in the “Cats” show.
In October we held an event for “The Big Draw” – “It’s our World” with a focus on our local environment. All children from Nursery to Year Six took part in the making and decorating of leaves which were then displayed on a tree in the entrance to our school. Parents and children from our day nursery also took part making it a community event.
In November, two Year Six children with a gift for dance took part in a collaborative dance workshop at Moorlands Primary School with children from other Wednesbury schools. They were involved in the choreography of a dance based on the theme of “Katz!”
In September 2014 Year Six visited the Warner Bros Studios in London for the making of “Harry Potter.” Not only did they act, but they also experienced film and story writing.
In December 2014 children from Year Five took part in the Sandwell Community Dance Festival at the Sandwell College, West Bromwich. They performed for parents from our own and other local schools. Georgina Biggs, a professional dancer, worked with the children to perform a dance to commemorate the Centenary of World War One. It was a very emotional dance with the children receiving a rousing round of applause.
At Christmas we hold our annual “Priory’s Got Talent” show. This provides children with the opportunity to create their own act to perform to the whole school. This year’s acts included singing, dancing, a musical rap, playing clarinet and keyboard. They all demonstrated enthusiasm and confidence.
We hold after school clubs to develop the children’s creative and art skills from Year One to Six. In the Art Club children developed their art skills through the use of pastels, graded pencils, paint and iPads. They also explored shading and colour mixing .The Art Club visited the New Walsall Art Gallery to appreciate sculpture and make their own sculptures from modroc.
We have recently become an Arts Award Centre. We hold an after school club to enable children to work towards achieving Arts Award Discover (Ages 5+) or Explore (Ages 7+). This will give the children recognition for their Arts achievements.
The Sandwell Music and Arts Service provide The Priory children with a wealth of support. Year Five and Year Six are taught whole class instrumental lessons by teachers from the the Sandwell Music and Arts Service. They have played their trombones and clarinets at St Francis Church, in school assemblies and in concerts for parents. All classes in the school also have weekly music sessions provided by Sandwell Music and Arts Service which develop the children’s vocal skills.
Year Five pupils spent five days at Ingestre Hall to explore the Arts. This involved story telling, drama, art music, dance and theatre based on the theme of Shakespeare. They learnt lines from Macbeth, Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. In art they made invitations to the ball of Romeo and Juliet and made decorative, masquerade masks to wear to the ball.
We also take the Arts into the outdoors. We have two members of staff who support the children with forest crafts as part of Forest Schools. They involve the children in making dream-catchers, wish sticks, tree-cookies and the use of natural colours from charcoal, sap from plants, berries, mud etc.
We have live arts experiences such as visits from theatre groups and musicians. Children also perform for parents and pupils in school assemblies.
In June 2014 our school held an Art Week based on the theme of other cultures. Each class produced wall hangings using a variety of materials and techniques to be displayed around the school. Parents supported the children in their classrooms with their artwork.
The Priory has high quality classroom displays and reading corners.