Our whole school Expression 22/23 project has the common thread of the many ways we have of expressing ourselves, from how we make known our thoughts or feelings and how a look on someone's face conveys a particular emotion. Expression explores artists, poets, and authors as well as the medium of dance, drama and performance. The Expressionist artists will inspire a whole school art week focusing on techniques and portraits. Performance poetry and different aspects of music is a common thread across the school.
Through all national curriculum subjects and the Early Years Framework, each year group explore different aspects:
Foundation Stage: Why do squirrels hide their nuts?
Why do squirrels hide their nuts? Why do hedgehogs hibernate? Explore these questions and more in this project about the seasonal changes in the natural world during autumn and winter.
Year 1 /2: Beat Band Boogie -
Here comes the marching band. Left, right, left, right. Step in time to the beat: 1, 2, 3, 4; let's make sounds, high and low. That sound is loud. That one’s quiet. What can you hear? There are sounds all around. What’s making each one? Name all the instruments in the band and be part of a ‘body orchestra’. Pat your knees, clap your hands, tap your feet, let’s move to the beat. Now march up the hill with the Grand Old Duke of York, beating your drum or shaking your shaker. Then it’s time to perform. Your audience loves you, so let’s take a bow
Year 3 / 4: Heroes and Villains -
Martin Luther, Joan of Arc, Rosa Parks or Amy Johnson? Someone from your family or the local firefighters? There are many heroes and heroines, but who do you admire the most? Learn and sing songs about the infamous villains, Bonnie and Clyde and Cruella de Vil. Write a riddle, a comic strip and change a traditional tale, develop dialogue and character and a biographical article. How does it feel to do good and bad things? Which feels best and why? Can you do a good deed that changes the world? Then let’s work together to write a really good rap to remember history’s greats. There are lots to include. Perform to an audience and teach them the words so that they can all rap along. Perhaps we can be heroes, just for one day?
Year 5 / 6: Gallery Rebels -
Colours collide, melting together on the canvas: an impression of light, a rage of red, a lobster perched on a telephone. Come and find out about the bizarre and eccentric minds of the gallery rebels. Art can be an act of rebellion. Can you change the world with a paintbrush, a thought, or an idea? Dream the dream, or show us your nightmares. What do you see? Watches melting? Wheels spinning? A shark in a box? Can you express yourself without words? Well, a picture paints a thousand of them. Try your hand at a Damien Hirst sculpture, exploring the weird and wonderful to create a curious treasure for the next generation. Take up your arms and fight for the cause. Paintbrushes and sketchbooks at the ready. Let’s make art.