This week we hosted a two-day visit from trumpeter Paul Murphy, working as an educator from The Juilliard School, Carnegie Hall and the New York Philharmonic. Paul took the opportunity to visit several classrooms, observing the children as they enjoyed their Music lessons. He celebrated the success of our current program and his feedback continues to help us improve our pedagogy, using the Juilliard approach to classroom instruction and the resources from the Juilliard Creative Classroom.
In light of this and our choice to embrace the International Primary Curriculum, our Music and Art specialists, Ms. Emily and Ms. Olenka, have teamed up to deliver a cross – curricular STEAM project to our Year 6 students. The aim is to use recycled materials to design and construct musical instruments during Art lessons. The children will use their instruments to compose percussion pieces during their Music lessons. We are all very inspired by the work currently being carried out by Landfill Harmonic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnHLhQarzAQ
As part of our PSHE curriculum, we introduced our Class Dojo monsters Carys Caring and Cooper Cooperation during our Assembly last Friday and the children have been thinking about how they can support each other more in school. Students are working on ideas which include a friendship bench in the playground and posting kind letters to each other in their classroom ‘Pig Postbox’. We look forward to seeing how their ideas develop.