The Arts (Art, D&T & Music)
Lostock has a unique curriculum which aims to excite and challenge through knowledge-rich and purposeful exploration which is at the heart of the child. Our Curriculum will empower children to be passionate and aspirational about our ever-changing world and inspire them to be the best they can be.
At Lostock Gralam CE Primary School we encourage children to have a love of music. We teach children to appreciate their own talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
We use Charanga to support our teaching of music, this is an online music scheme. The children all learn to play the glockenspiel and children Robins and Goldfinches have weekly ukulele lessons with our peripatetic music teacher, Craig. Children in Skylarks class learn to play either the cello or the violin.
All children are given many opportunities to perform throughout the year. Each class presents a class assembly which showcases an element of music. We also take part in many whole school events throughout the year including Harvest, Christmas plays, Carol Services, Christingle, Easter and much more.
Here at Lostock Gralam CE Primary School we offer a musical theatre club and have 2 choirs performing frequently through the year. Children also have the opprtunity learn to play guitar or keyboard with Mr Alex, Craig and Dan from year 2 onwards. Check our Twitter feed for videos and photographs of our most recent performances.
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all children:
- perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- learn to sing and to 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 interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations
Art and Design
At Lostock Gralam CE Primary School we really value the creative curriculum. Through topic work in the classroom, children have the opportunity to develop their Art skills in key areas such as drawing, clay, textiles, sculpture, painting, print making and collage. These areas are developed continuously throughout the school from the foundation stage through to year 6.
We encourage children to be inspired by the work of great artists, engage in a wide range of resources and media, to be invenstigative and creative. We develop critical thinking, making links with art to other areas of the curriculum and also the contrbiution it makes on culture and the world around us.
We complete several whole school art focus days throughout the year with a particular focus on Christian art. This work is displayed in classroom and in our shared areas.
The national curriculum for art and design aims to ensure that all pupils:
- produce creative work, exploring their ideas and recording their experiences
- become proficient in drawing, painting, sculpture and other art, craft and design techniques
- evaluate and analyse creative works using the language of art, craft and design
- know about great artists, craft makers and designers, and understand the historical and cultural development of their art forms.
Design and Technology
In DT, we provide opportunities for each child, in each topic, to design, make ad evaluate their final product. Design Technology also includes the designing, making and evaluating of different food.
The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook
"My favourite thing about art is when we get to create pieces which have no right or wrong. It gives us all a chance to feel like real artists.’ – Year Six Child
"I like it when we get to make our own galleries around school which show all of the amazing work we have done in class. The Zoo Project was my favourite. My family went around the gallery three times." – Year Five Child
"I like when we get to have a whole day dedicated to art." – Year Four Child
"We get to sing lots here. We get lots of chances to perform in Church, in our class assemblies and in our school play." – Year Three Child
‘We get to learn lots of different instruments. I can play the glockenspiel, violin, cello and the keyboard. Our school do Ukulele too now.’ – Year Five Child
‘I loved performing ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ in our class assembly. Mummy said that I am amazing.’ – Year One Child