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Larwood School

Part of Larwood Academy Trust


MAPS (Music, Art and Performance Skills) will be a year-long, cross-curricular approach to developing skills in the creative arts which will culminate in a final musical theatre performance.

This year, MAPS will be based around a number of West End musicals including ‘School of Rock’ which the pupils will be going to see in March. This will allow pupils to gain experience of working towards a performance piece as well as the skills that build up to a show including Art and Textiles, Music, drumming and Music Technology, Physical Education through dance and drama as well as some additional knowledge of Geography, English, and Design and Technology.

In Music, children will gain skills in Djembe drumming and percussion instruments as well as musical appreciation and musical terms.

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Pupils will:

In Music:    

  • play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions

In Art and Design and Technology, pupils will help to create the props, costumes and theatre sets required for the show, as well as create pieces inspired by African art and culture.

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Pupils will:

In Art:

  • to improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials

In Design and Technology:

  • use research and develop design criteria to inform the design of innovative, functional, appealing products that are fit for purpose, aimed at particular individuals or groups
  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, cross-sectional and exploded diagrams, prototypes
  • select from and use a wider range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks accurately

As part of their Physical Education, pupils will acquire skills in dance styles and movement including set pieces choreographed to the music of Lion King.

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Pupils will:

  • develop flexibility, strength, technique, control and balance
  • perform dances using a range of movement patterns
  • compare their performances with previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best

Pupils will also develop their reading and communication skills through reading scripts and lyrics, and performing to an audience.

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Pupils will:

  • perform, prepare and read aloud showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so the meaning is clear to the audience.

Pupils Geography skills will be developed by learning about the location, music and cultures of the African continent.

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Pupils will:

  • extend their knowledge and understanding beyond the local area.

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