The Arts

At Springvale School we believe that dance, drama, visual art and music, develop confident, happy, self-motivated learners, who enjoy learning and see it as a life long adventure.  The arts are an essential part of our school ethos, providing children with the opportunity to explore and understand more of the world in which they live.  This engenders understanding, confidence, self-esteem and maturity; essential tools for learning and development.

Music plays a very important part in life at Springvale. 60 children in Y4 and Y5 have a weekly lesson on guitar, provided by school at no cost to parents. This is taught by a specialist guitar teacher. 

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Each child in Y3 has lessons in singing and musicality once a week, again with a specialist teacher.  In addition there are opportunities for children to learn guitar, brass, keyboards, woodwind instruments and violin in school - peripatetic teachers visit school on a weekly basis to provide these lessons.  Many children take up these opportunities for which there is a relatively modest charge. 

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We are keen for children to take up instruments and support the Assisted Music Purchase Scheme.  This means that parents can purchase an instrument through school and legally avoid the VAT.  Instruments are also available for hire from Barnsley Music Service. Our instrumentalists regularly perform for parents and other children in assembly and the year culminates with a gala evening performance involving all our musicians.

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We pride ourselves on the variety and quality of artwork produced by our children.  They are given many opportunities to express themselves creatively through their artwork, which is displayed in the classrooms and around the school.  Varied materials and techniques are used in art and work is of both a 2-D and 3-D nature.  The children are taught to observe carefully and are shown the skills to recreate their observations.  In line with National Curriculum requirements, studies are made of the work of well-known artists.

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The National Curriculum for music is delivered to all children as part of their learning.  Children participate in active music making, often involving our extensive range of percussion instruments.  They are also taught listening and composing skills.