At St Stephen's we recognise the importance of delivering a broad and varied curriculum which allows the children to explore a variety of different media. Because of this, we have chosen to run an annual cycle of 'The Arts' which sees a different focus each year. Each year, there will be a clear progression of skills ranging from Year 3 to Year 6 which can be found in the skills progression documents below.
This year, St Stephen's Juniors will be focusing on music as our chosen 'art'. We will learn how to 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. We will also learn to sing and use our voices to create and compose music with the addition of musical instruments. Finally we will understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated.
To broaden our musical understanding, each term we will focus on a different music genre. There will be songs being played in and out of assembly, we will have live music termly to suit the genre and we will also learn some of the history behind the genre.
Term 6 - Rock Assembly
What a treat! Today we had another musician in to play some rock/pop music. He showed us an assortment of instruments and showed us what they sound like and how they work. We had such a fab time and it's inspired us all to be in a rock band
Term 5 - Jazz Assembly
Wow! What a fantastic assembly we had today! Our music focus for this term is jazz music and today we were lucky enough to have some jazz musicians come in and play for us. Not only did we listen to some great music, we also counted along to various jazz beats and learnt about the instruments.
Term 4 - Classical Music Assembly
What a super afternoon assembly we had today. To support our understanding of classical music and to inspire us, we had some incredible musicians in to play some classical music. We learnt about the various instruments and how they work and listened to some phenomenal playing! We even got to request a few songs - see if you can hear what they were!
Today we were lucky enough to listen to live music from our very talented students. The musicians played an array of instruments from a cello to harmonicas! There were lots of comments about how other children are inspired to start learning how to play an instrument now. What a treat!
Art in Term 3
This term we have been working on collage to develop our skills with a range of different media. We used a wide range of materials from paper to leaves and created fantastic, unique pieces of work. We love the wonderful visual and tactile elements that collage allows us to create and we hope you agree.
Art in Term 2
As you can see from the displays, we have some fantastic artists in our school. Our focus for Term 2 was painting in which we developed our understanding of tones, shading, brush strokes and and composition. We followed our try it, use it, prove it approach to improve our skills and create some wonderful artwork. We hope you like them!
Art in Term 1
During this first term, all year groups focused on improving our observation and sketching skills whilst immersing ourselves in our topics. We practised the art of mark making to develop our skills which we then used in our final pictures. As you can see from our displays, we are working tremendously hard to produce high quality artwork!