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Welcome to The Arts at Fir Tree

 

Music, Dance, Drama, Art, Craft, and  Design Technology

 

We hope you enjoy sampling the range and variety of  the Arts on offer at our school. We have a dedicated team of young Arts Ambassadors who coordinate and organise events and activities in school and in the wider community.   There is a busy schedule of events for the year ahead which we will endeavour to capture  on here!

Y4 performed brilliantly in the brass assembly. Here are the wonderful comments from parents!

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Christmas Craft Fayre Makes

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Some of the Art on display around school

Extravaganza Performances

Whole class music lessons at Fir Tree

Art competition to make a Christmas tree decoration

For He's a Jolly Good Postman

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The Christmas crafts made by each class for our fayre

Year 3 Observational Leaf Drawings

Some of the 'Spooky' art competition entries........

Fruit and vegetable monsters competition at the school fete

A glimpse of the Arts around school in May

Some of the amazing entries in the 'Under the Sea' Art competition

Our Christmas Craft Fayre Makes

Working on a project with Mr Knapp based on Islamic Art

Garden on a Plate Competition

Photos of our crafts made for the summer fete

A snap shot of the art curriculum in May

A snap shot of the art curriculum being covered in April......

Music at Fir Tree

BBC Ten Pieces

Below is a link to the BBC Ten Pieces website.  This was an initiative last year to get more Classical music back into school. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01vs08w

At Fir Tree, each year we have nearly a week whereby each class studies a  piece of Classical music in depth to  understand about the composer and the times they lived in.  They analyse and  explore the sounds and effects in the music, create their  own sounds and response to the music, practise and perform it then evaluate the effectiveness of their work.   This can be achieved in many  cross curricular ways.

Drama at Fir Tree

Drama is explored through many curriculum subjects as well as a subject within it's own right.  We believe that harnessing creativity through drama develops self confidence, imagination, empathy  and social skills.

Children explore  many techniques such as; mime, improvisation, hot seating, freeze frame, conscience alley, Professor-know-it-all, thought tracking, flash forward, and flash back,  to name but a few.

 

Our productions that we put on twice a year  are exceptional!  Year 4  traditionally put on a production in term 2 and Year 6 in term 6. Children are involved with ticket and programme design, lighting, sound effects, special effects, costume design, scenery and prop making in addition  to acting and singing. Year 3 traditionally perform in the church at  Christmas.

Each year we also hold 'museum' times for parents and friends to attend school to see what we have learned about particular projects.  This is an opportunity for our children to be expert museum curators and for them to talk and demonstrate about a particular  aspect of the subject that interests them.

 

Art, Craft and Design at Fir Tree

Book Character competition for library

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Art Glossary

 

 

Travelling by Tuba concert

We are very grateful to Cholsey School for inviting  a group of year 4 children to watch a concert performed by a very talented duo who call themselves, 'Travelling by Tuba'. The concert took the children on a musical journey around the world  visiting lots of composers and introduced some lesser known instruments such as the sousaphone and Alpine horn. The concert contained lots of humour  and the lucky children who attended enjoyed it immensely and learnt a lot.

 

 

Results of the Animal Art Competition March 2015

It was another tough job to judge the entries to this competition as the standard was high!   The judges were particularly struck by a number of things in the artwork including:

  • the subjects chosen
  • the level of detail with the shading
  • the way the pictures told a story
  • expression and character coming through
  • how busy the picture looked

Thank you and well done to everyone who entered.

 

If you have an idea for the next competition please do speak to one of our Arts representatives.

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The winners were Laura, Charley, Holly, Sophia, Alicia and Jed. Well done to all of you!

 

 

Right at the end of term, Naz, an international Artist came to lead an assembly on her artwork and discussed her techniques and inspiration with the children.   Later, some children from each class were selected to take part in a special workshop with her exploring ideas and techniques around cubism.

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Term 3 has been another busy term across the school! Upper School have thrown themselves into learning all about China and explored it through drama, dance, music and art.

 

Pupils have made Chinese terracotta warriors from  clay after learning about Chinese emperors. Notice how each figure has a different expression and clothing!

 

Below is some of the impressive work that can be seen around school.

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Picture 5 A wonderful Chinese experience opportunity......
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CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

Well done to Lower School for a fantastic production! We were extremely proud of your professionalism throughout!

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The winners of the Mixed Media Art competition......

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BBC TEN PIECES

Term 2 started with all classes taking part in the BBC's Ten Pieces.

 

Ash Class have CONNECT IT by ANNA MERIDITH! It is a fantastic piece of music and we were able to watch clips of Anna taking about how she composed the piece without any instruments. After we listened to the piece we were able to make some of the sounds ourselves - instead of writing a graphic score we took photographs to show the notes!

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We were then able to use the notes we had learned to compose our own pieces! Soon to follow will be a link to recordings of us performing.

 

 

Fiddle club taster session with Mrs Garnett was great fun!

 

 

Take One Picture diplays from the different classes

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Easter art using pastels and gold paint.
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Below are 3 photographs  taken by children who made Mothers Day cards. Using the school cameras was an interesting activity as they really had to consider what makes a good photo.
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