Creative Arts

Gipsy Hill

Gipsy Hill Federation places great emphasis on the creative arts by the effective integration of the arts through the creative curriculum, which links with topics studied across all year groups and key stages. We take great pride in all our learning environments, which is evident in the stunning art displays in hallways and classrooms that teachers create across all of our schools in order to inspire our pupils.

The highlight of the academic year is Global Arts Day; this prolific day involves all children and adults across the Federation taking part in mixed age art and performing arts workshops. Children have the opportunity to take part in a range of exciting art activities such as mosaics, printing, drawing, textiles and performing arts such as dance, music and drama, all led by highly skilled staff.

Across the academic year, children have the opportunity to work with a range of specialists on art projects. In addition, we have our own specialist TAs as well as strong links with local secondary schools, with which we collaborate to allow children the opportunity to work with new media and artistic styles.

Art is carefully built into every creative curriculum topic from nursery to year 6. Projects within the curriculum link to topics being studied and artistic skills are developed year by year. Examples of topics include painting and mark making in the Early Years, and charcoal drawing in year 5. Educational visits to galleries such as the National Portrait Gallery and the Foundling Museum further enrich children’s experiences in this curriculum area.

A greater focus on dance was implemented in the summer term of 2015 through a link between our schools and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Dance specialists from the conservatoire are teaching children new dance styles, developing their confidence and dance skills.

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  • Year 4 PGL Residential 2017

    Day 1 Four seasons in one day We started bright and early ready for our adventure to PGL. Parents waved us off gleefully as we bordered the coach (possible looking forward to some child-free time). The coach journey was pleasant and the children enjoyed moving through the familiar landmarks of London and out beyond to the less familiar countryside. Once we arrive we quickly saw our family of federation schools waiting for us. We soon realised that we were in for a wonderful time with our friends. After a hearty lunch, we split into our mixed federation groups. Children and adults dispersed across the site to begin the many exciting activities. We climbed, jumped, swung and abseiled like we were fearless. We cheerer on our friends and supported those who needed our support. Unfortunately the weather did not match our enthusiasm and spirit as we experienced sun, rain, hail and then back to sun again..truly four season in one day! Nevertheless and not to be defeated we continued on and showed our true determination to do what we had set out to do.... learn, have fun and make new friends. Day 2 Facing our fears! After a full breakfast we were ready to face our fears and challenge ourselves to achieve all that we can. We had a range of exciting outdoor activities to try and we were keen to get started. At the crate challenge we learned how to belay correctly. Our instructor Katie taught us a rhyme to help as remember to belay correctly. We learned that it is very important to 'lock off' so that we can help our friends to climb safely. Stacking and climbing the crates was quite tricky and we had to balance carefully. When we could climb no more, we got to swing off and kick the mountain of crates over. We thought this would be scary but as soon as we jumped it was exhilarating and felt like we were flying. Another activity we really enjoyed was 'The Giant Swing'. This is a highlight for many children and we had been told all about it from the children who went to PGL last year. The swing is quite daunting to look at. It is like a giant trapeze suspended high in the sky. You have to have a harness and be safely strapped into it before you can have a turn. Your friends have to use their muscles to pull the rope which winches you as high into the sky as you dear to go. Then you count down 3-2-1....ahhhhh! It's definitely an experience we will cherish from our primary school days.

    Year 4 PGL Residential 2017
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