We began the week with a fantastic investigation into ‘The Beatles’. The children were fascinated by all the facts they discovered about the Sixties pop heroes and their cutting-edge hairstyles!
This led onto some lovely artwork including sketching portraits of the Fab Four, amazingly colourful Pop Art using a range of media and re-creating their famous album covers to show the children’s photography skills.
We also investigated the work of Andy Goldsworthy who is an environmental sculptor and photographer. Goldsworthy is inspired by nature and uses natural materials for his artwork – which is often temporary.
The children really enjoyed letting their imaginations run wild to produce a group installation. They followed this by working collaboratively with their peers in year 4, to create an outdoor artwork using the trees in our school grounds. We present ‘The Year 4 Infinity’.
When thinking about musical art, we used collage to decorate musical notes and then demonstrated exceptional team-working skills to produce a “jigsaw” picture on the theme of music. The children were fortunate to be visited by a String Quartet who shared their knowledge and technical application playing a range of music from the classical composer, Elgar to the Harry Potter theme. To change genres, the children also enjoyed how to Samba with a partner and learnt ‘Katoto Lala’ – a song in Swahili.
To finish the week, the children were thrilled to be a part of the ‘Toftwood Arts Show’ which took place at both the Infants and Juniors. What brilliant performances from all the contestants. A great afternoon had by all!
The Arts Enrichment Week would not have been the same without the amazing support of the parents whether they have provided resources for musical instruments or come into the class to take part in the activities. We have had a number of special moments which we cherish.