The Arts at Ducklington CE Primary School
All elements of the arts play an important role in our curriculum. There are always vibrant and exciting displays throughout our school combining different aspects of the arts with core subjects and work is always displayed to its best advantage, often showing the progression of skills needed to produce a finished piece.
Music plays an important part in the school curriculum for all our children. Though topic based learning, all pupils have the opportunity to sing and perform together, to listen and respond to a range of recorded and live material and to create their own compositions. In Year 3, all children learn to play the violin and in year 4 all children learn to play the clarinet as part of our enrichment provision. Music provision across the school is supported by a specialist music teacher, Mr Campbell, and is a real strength of the school. In addition to class music, visiting peripatetic teachers offer piano, recorder, wind and string lessons to pupils.
Our KS2 productions are a large part of our creative curriculum for the summer terms. Here we combine all elements of the arts to produce amazing end of year productions. The production forms the basis of our term 6 topic for all KS2 classes; the children write the play script, compose songs, make props, use ICT to enhance the production as well as singing and acting. There is an enterprise element to the production too as the children hire a local theatre, calculate all costings and produce tickets and programmes for a charge to ensure the show is cost neutral. It is a wonderful end to the academic year and showcases the very best of what we do at our school.