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Edinburgh Primary ~ a community school with a passion for the arts!

 

Art Smart Challenge Summer 2

10th June 2022

 

James McCarthy paints surreal landscapes.  McCarthy takes pieces of reality and puts them back together in unusual ways.

 

Challenge:

Can you reimagine a landscape to create your own fantasy artwork just like James McCarthy?

You could sketch it, paint it, colour it, collage it with magazine pictures or use whatever materials you have!

Arts Week coming soon

27th May 2022

 

After half term, we will be back with a bang to celebrate Arts week! This year Sky Arts have organised its first nationwide Access All Arts week open to all primary school children with the aim to take the children on a creative journey through the arts. This year’s theme is ‘reimagine’ and throughout the week we will all be building up to a reimagine challenge. Children will get time to explore their art form, watch videos of inspiring artists involved with Sky Arts and collaborate with each other.

 

Each year group will have an artform to explore. Year 6 will be reimagining the school as a film setting and filming the opening of their own movie. Year 5 will be reimagining an everyday object as a 3D sculpture. Year 4 will use drama to reimagine how a character from Peter Pan might change in the future. Year 3 will be reimagining emotions through photography. Year 2 will be reimagining famous artworks in different artistic styles. Year 1 will be reimagining songs in a variety of different ways and reception will get a chance to explore different aspects of all the arts through the same theme.

 

We hope the school will be bubbling with creativity by the end of the week so watch this space for a peek at what we got up to.

Art Smart Winners Summer 1

27th May 2022

 

Another fantastic Art SMART challenge with lots of fantastic art pieces received! It was extremely difficult to pick just 3 as there were just so many outstanding pieces of work.  Congratulations to Afifah from 5 Redwood, who was awarded Key Stage 2 winner! Well done to Eduard 1 Banyan, our Key Stage 1 winner. 

Orchestral Performance to parents and children

18th May 2022

 

Today, we were treated to a very special performance from the East London Music Group and our orchestra. Our orchestra is made of 24 musicians from Years 3-5, who play the clarinet, trombone, trumpet, ukulele, recorder, guitar, violin and saxophone.

 

Over the past few months, they have been hard at work rehearsing during their lunchtimes. Every Thursday they attended a rehearsal with a musical director and have learnt to play together as a group. The children have been learning to play two songs, which were ‘Banaha’ (a Congolese children’s song) and ‘Let’s Stick Together’. Alongside this, the orchestra also learnt the words to ‘Banaha’ and helped the other children to learn it as well. This meant that we were all able to accompany our musicians when they played.

 

To make our performance even more special, we had two pupils who played solo performances. They were Sharon from 5P playing the Clarinet and Alice in 4M on the Violin. Both pupils worked incredibly hard to prepare their solos.

 

It was so wonderful to enjoy the performance yesterday and appreciate the hard work of our musicians. We were all very proud of their performance and loved singing along too!

 

This performance marked the end of our pilot project with the East London Music Group-for now. Due to huge success of the project and the vast improvements that our musicians have made, we will be continuing the project in September, given the right funding opportunities. Matthew and the other musicians were absolutely thrilled with how well the orchestra performed and can’t wait to work with them in the future. Keep your eyes peeled for updates on our East London Music Group Partnership!

Art Smart Challenge Summer 1

29th April 2022

 

Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is sometimes called ‘the princess of polka dots’. Although she makes lots of different types of art – paintings, sculptures, performances and installations, they have one thing in common, DOTS!

 

Challenge:

Can you use different sized polka dots to create your own artwork just like Yayoi Kusama?

You could use cut out paper, paint, colouring pencils or whatever other materials you have!

 

 

Art Smart Winners

1st April 2022

 

Another fantastic Art SMART challenge with lots of fantastic art pieces received! It was extremely difficult to pick just 3 as there were just so many outstanding pieces of work.  Congratulations to Tabitha from 5 Pine, who was awarded first place! In second and third place came Eduard from 1 Banyan and Kaeshini from 6 Waratah. Well done!  Watch this space for the next ART SMART challenge!

 

Spring Fayre Live Performances!

26th March 2022

 

On Saturday, the community was treated to a range of performances by our wonderfully creative pupils here at Edinburgh.  After everyone had time to enjoy the stalls and relax in the sun, our performers took to the stage to showcase what they have been working on this term in the range of clubs and musical lessons that we run here at school each week. 

 

The show began with our recorder group playing 'hot cross buns', followed by our flute quartet who really played with such confidence and excellent timing.  Next, our ballet group performed a piece of work that gave a special moment for each member of the group to take to the floor for a solo. Finally, we were wowed by our musical theatre group who performed a song from 'Annie'. The acting, singing and movement was extremely high quality and the sheer enjoyment on the children's faces was just a joy to see.

 

Parents, carers and friends came along and were thrilled to see their children getting to perform in front of a real audience. We look forward to the summer fayre!

Edinburgh Orchestra

10th March 2022

 

Today, the orchestra took part in their very first meeting.  It was such a treat to see brass, woodwind and strings working together as a team.  It was even more impressive to see how this was brought together-it sounded amazing! Huge thanks to the East London Music Group for making this happen. We cannot wait to see the outcomes!

Spring 2 Art Smart Challenge~William Morris

4th March 2022

 

Join us for another Art Smart Challenge! Get creative at home and produce some William Morris inspired art and see if you can win a prize this term!

East London Music Group and Arts Council

25th Feburary 2022

 

Yesterday we launched our partnership with the East London Music Group and this led to a very exciting day at school.  We were treated to a morning filled with music and excitement. We were greeted by 6 musicians who played us into school. There were violin solos going up the stairs, bassoon players in shared areas and trumpets at the gates. Finally, we were all treated to a mini-concert in the hall. This was such an exciting morning and the children and staff loved hearing the live music.

 

In the coming weeks, all of the children who participate in music lessons will form our school orchestra. They will have a weekly session led by the East London Music Group to get them started. If your child plays an instrument outside of school and they would like to be in the orchestra, please let their class teacher know. The orchestra will rehearse at school and then will perform their own concert to the rest of the school in May.

 

I would also like to take this opportunity to introduce our new Arts Council at Edinburgh (ACE). I would like to first thank all of the children who applied as I had many applications. I really enjoyed reading every application and seeing the hard work that the children had put into applying for their chosen positions. I was thrilled to see what a creative and talented school we have. It was a tough decision but I have chosen 10 children to form the Arts Council at Edinburgh and they are as follows:

 

Smaranda 2D- Dancer

Jannah 3H, Noa 5P, Saleha 5P-Artists

Armariah 3H-Vocalist

Syd 6T, Leonardo 6W, Sharon 5P-Musicians

Emilia 4M, Jasmin 4L- Actors

 

Keep your eyes peeled for more creative arts news as our new Arts council gets under way.

East London Music Group Partnership Launch

24th February 2022

 

What a treat we had today! After winning our bid to work alongside this fantastic group of musicians, the launch finally arrived.  At 8.30am, as the gates opened, the ELMG stood under our bike shelter, greeting our families to a live performance! It was so uplifting and the joy on our children's faces was enough to demonstrate the impact that this partnership promised.

 

As the children entered their classrooms, the musicians moved to the corridors and the experience continued. Throughout the day, each year group was treated to a performance in our main hall and got to know the musicians who will be working with us.  

 

Over the next few months, the group will visit each week and our new Edinburgh Orchestra will be set up and preparing for their first performance. Watch this space!

 

Edinburgh Choir

5th January 2022

 

Due to popular demand, we are thrilled to say that we now how a weekly choir club where children will be taught by an experienced choir leader! We are so excited about this development and look forward to many great performances.

 

 

Ballet at Edinburgh

6th September 2022

 

We are thrilled to introduce a dance club to our schedule.  Ballet club starts at Edinburgh for the very first time and we are pleased to see both boys and girls signing up for this great form of exercise. We look forward to many great performances in the future!

Musical Theatre at Edinburgh

6th September 2022

 

We are so proud to be working in partnership with a musical theatre coach right here at Edinburgh. This expressive club enables children to sing, dance and act and provides an experience that we hope inspires them! We can't wait to see the live performances!

Music Lessons at Edinburgh

6th September 2022

 

We have increased our core offer of music lessons that take place during the school day. Children may choose to learn the ukulele, violin, trombone, trumpet, clarinet, flute, saxophone and recorder. We have so many talented pupils and hope that children begin a hobby that will go with them into adult hood.

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