Music

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
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In Leagrave Primary School, we do these by ensuring all children are given the opportunity to take part in learning music throughout our creative curriculum. Our singing assembly with Mr Newport is a fun and educational time for all of the children where they are encouraged to take part in a variety of songs, modern and traditional.

Years 3 and 5 also have a teacher come from the Luton Music Service every week to teach them brass and percussion. These are very hands on sessions where every child in the class has the opportunity to play an instrument for the duration of the lessons. This year, Year 4 has started to use P-Bones; these are plastic trombones.

The children are really enjoying their lessons and they are sounding fantastic. Year 3 children have to learn to keep different rhythms using djembes; a goblet shaped drum used by the Maninke people of Western Africa since around 1300.

There are also a selection of children in the school who learn musical instruments through small group tuition provided through Luton Music Service.

Art

At Leagrave, we follow a topic based approach, with art skills embedded throughout themes. This enables a cross curricular approach which brings a real meaning to art for the children.

Throughout their time at Leagrave, pupils will progress and develop their techniques including their control and use of materials. Pupils will also be exposed to and become increasingly aware of different kinds of Art and Design.

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Year 1 Children will learn about texture and materials. Children will develop their art skills by researching the artist Andy Goldsworthy and using his work as inspiration for their own woodland pictures.

Year 2 Pupils will research the artist Carl Warner, using his work to create their own sketches. They will compare and contrast his work to their own masterpiece.

Year 3 Children will investigate Neolithic Art and create their own sculptures. They will research the artist Rousseau Tiger and explore colour mixing with paints.

Year 4 Cross curricular with maths, children make symmetrical animals using clay, which will develop their sculpting skills. They will use paint to decorate the animals.

Year 5, when learning about the Victorians, children will investigate artwork produced by the Pre-Raphaelites. They will then select from a range of media in order to create their own pieces of art.

Year 6, by visiting the National Portrait Gallery, children have the opportunity to research great artists of the 19th and 20th century. They will then produce their own pieces of art.

Design & Technology

At Leagrave, we follow a topic based approach, with Design and Technology skills embedded throughout themes. Learning is linked to real-life situations, so has meaning for the children.

Throughout their time at Leagrave, pupils will progress and develop their ability to plan, design, make and evaluate.

Check out our gallery of the wonderful Design and Technology work we have produced!

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Year 1 – As a part of cookery, children will make fairy cupcakes. During their Bright Lights, Big City topic, children will design and make models of landmarks in London

Year 2 – During their Street Detectives topic, children will design and make a model of Luton. They will select from a variety of materials to produce their finished product.

Year 3 – Cross curricular with Science, children in Year 3 will practise their paper mache skills by constructing a volcano. They will then evaluate their design carefully.

Year 4 – Year 4 will design and make a submarine as part of their Blue Abyss topic. Progressing from earlier years, children will select from a wide range of tools and materials.

Year 5 – Throughout their Stargazers topic, children will design and make rockets. They will evaluate their product against design criteria and consider the views of others to improve their work.

Year 6 – While learning about World War 2, children will find out about air raid shelters. Progressing from this, they will have the opportunity to design and make their own shelter. Then, evaluating how effective their final design was.