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St Michael's CofE Primary School

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Let's Celebrate July 2016

Our focus for this theme week will be the Performing Arts and our theme is ‘Celebrating Diversity in Modern Britain’



To provide opportunities to:

  • Foster a sense of community, with common, inclusive values.
  • Participate in a variety of creative and cultural experiences.
  • Listen to and perform a range of music by British composers.


We will begin the week by each year group working on a collaborative art project.  The focus will be on celebrating our school community and promoting the importance of respecting and embracing diversity. 


Throughout the week, each year group will focus on a particular aspect of music.  In previous arts weeks children have listened to, evaluated, performed and responded to music from around the world.  This week we will be immersing ourselves in British music. Children will respond to their music foci through composing, dance & art.



Musicals - Cats

Year 1

Seaside Music & songs

Year 2


Handel – The Royal Firework

Year 3

Recent Pop

Year 4

Musicals - The Lion King


Pop Legends

Year 6

Pop through the Decades – Rock n Roll focus


We will also spend time in the week exploring the Queens of Britain.  Each year group will find out about a particular Queen and will work collaboratively to present their findings and to produce a piece of art work related to their monarch.


Year 6 - Empress Matilda 1141 (Normans)

Year 5 - Queen Mary I 1553 – 1558 (Tudors)

Year 4 - Queen Elizabeth I 1558 – 1603 (Tudors)

Year 3 - Queen Anne 1702 – 1714 (Stuarts)

Year 2 - Queen Victoria 1837 – 1901 (Victorians)

Year 1 - Queen Elizabeth II 1952 (Modern Day)


Throughout this term all children have been practising Anna Meredith's body percussion piece 'Connect It'.  Anna Meredith is a young Scottish composer who writes electronic and acoustic music. She likes to work with orchestras, bands and choreographers to create music that uses clapping, stamping, shouting and beatboxing instead of instruments. She has performed at music festivals and her music has been played on BBC Radio 1. She's even performed one of her pieces as a flashmob on the M6 motorway!  The children have really enjoyed learning this piece and we are going to perform on own flashmob as a whole school on the playground on Friday.  For more information visit: Connect It

Friday is going to be an exciting day.  In addition to the flashmob experience, there are many other wonderful sessions throughout the day:


  • Craft time with buddy class
  • Connect-it Flashmob performance
  • Playing traditional games
  • Y2 – 6: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Rough Guide to Shakespeare
  • Y1: Irish Dancing workshop with the O’Mally School of Dance
  • Reception: Drumming & Body Percussion workshop with Mrs Murray

The Week in summary

Monday    Celebrating Poetry: Great British Poets

Tuesday/Wednesday     Celebrating Music: Great British Music

Tuesday: School Picnic: Parents welcome! (12.00 - 1.00)

Thursday: Celebrating Great Queens

Friday: Flashmob, Shakespeare, Irish dancing etc (see above)