During Arts Week the children in Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to take part in a fun and hands-on brass workshop with Mr Stott, our brass teacher. The children learned about all the different instruments in an orchestral brass section had a go. The children even performed the 'Star Wars' theme tune.
During Arts Week KS1 enjoyed interesting and high-quality music workshops from four of our highly-regarded peripatetic teachers. This included woodwind instruments (clarinet and flute), the guitar, the violin and a selection of brass instruments; trumpet, tuba, French horn and the trombone.
Inter-House Music Competition
On the 4th May Westbury House School held its annual Inter-House Music Competition, adjudicated by Mr Ian Holiday. Every House performed a choral piece, and chose their own instrumental and singing soloist to perform. The Early Year pupils also sang their own song. We are thrilled to announce that Cutty Sark was awarded the first prize!
During Arts Week, all the children from Reception to Year 6 were designing or building a habitat for the ducklings. They considered the needs of the animals and then used a variety of tools or building materials to make the habitats. The older children used 2D and 3D software on the Chromebooks whilst the younger children used blocks, lego and duplo.
Year 3 looked at ‘au clair de la lune’, which incorporated music, poetry, colourful art and singing of rounds. Year 4 did calligraphy, exploring its Roman roots and discipline of style and proportion. Year 5 did a study of impressionism, its roots and historical background. Year 6 looked at the art of French design, exploring the lives and influence of French fashion designers on the style of today.
Every class in the school was given a dance workshop by Miss Emma. Reception and Nursery worked very hard in a ballet workshop. Year 1 and 2 took part in musical theatre workshops. Year 3 and 4 had street dance workshops and Year 5 and 6 took part in contemporary choreography workshops. All the classes did fantastically well and were able to put a routine together.
During Arts Week we based our work around famous artists of the 20th century. Nursery and Reception concentrated on the work of Matisse, especially his collage cut outs. It was very exciting for them, having their first trip up to the Art room to create their pictures! Year 1 looked at Picasso’s work. They looked at the simplicity and the strong black line and primary colours. They were asked to draw a portrait using his style. Year 2 also looked at Picasso’s work, Georges Brecht and The Cubist movement that these artists started. They also drew a portrait in Picasso’s style. Year 3 used wax crayons and pencils to copy two of Picasso’s portraits, then adapted their own portrait to look like something Picasso would have drawn! Year 4 looked at Picasso, Brecht and Dave Murray. They learned about the reasons behind the Cubist movement and compared the artists. Year 5 and Year 6 looked at The Cubist movement and Brecht and Picasso’s work. They understood how different and innovative this bank of work must have been. They considered how lots of art critics would not have appreciated this stylised work.
Year 1 to 6 were fortunate enough to pay a visit to the wonderful LightBox gallery in Woking. This spring there is a wonderful exhibition of Picasso’s work. This includes his sketches, clay work, prints and paintings. The children had a tour of the gallery and were able to make their own clay sculptures. Firstly, they drew a self-portrait and then sculpted a head. There were some excellent sculptures from our children!