Page 10 - Junior School Admissions Booklet 2020_2021
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The Junior Music Department is a very busy, lively and rewarding part of Junior School life.
The boys have a weekly class music lesson, experiencing music topics such as Indian Music, African Drumming, Reggae, Rap, Classical Music and Jazz, through composition, performance and listening.
In Year 3, the boys all take part in the First Year String Project. Every boy learns the violin, viola, ‘cello or mini bass as part of his class music lessons each week. This is to enable the boys to experience all of the musical elements and music theory that they are taught, in a practical, enjoyable and fun way.
There are weekly rehearsals of the School Orchestra, Big Choir, Micro Choir, three Rock Bands, String Orchestra, Chamber Strings, Brass Monkeys, Wind Band, Jazz Band, Guitar Group, Flute Group, Clarinet Group, ‘Cello Group and Hand Bells. All of these contribute to a wide range of concerts, services and events, both in and out of school over the school year. There is something for everyone!
The aim of the course is to develop the capacity of the boys to communicate in French and to enjoy language learning. At each stage new vocabulary, structures and essential grammatical concepts are introduced and older material is constantly recycled and consolidated. Developing confidence in speaking and listening in relevant topic contexts is prioritised but boys are also familiarised with the French phonic system, enabling them to read and write with increasing accuracy.
Pupils are given increasing experience of an exciting and wide variety of media. This includes drawing, painting, batik, pottery, printing and 3D modelling. Our aim throughout is to encourage and develop the observational and creative skills of all the boys through research, enquiry and experience of important artists, past and present.
Performing Arts
The Performing Arts curriculum provides each pupil with a challenging and exciting programme which progressively develops their skills, confidence, creativity and collaboration in a variety of creative contexts. We believe that the performing arts can help our pupils to make sense of themselves and the world they inhabit, while developing a range of dramatic skills and understanding of dramatic conventions which will enrich both their creative and artistic appreciation and their articulation of ideas. Among the skills studied are those of public performance and acting: including improvisation, characterisation, voice production, reading for performance, mime, dance, movement and technical theatre. The pupils have many opportunities to perform to their peers, other year groups and in public, in either our drama studio, Warwick Hall or Warwick School’s Bridge House Theatre. Highlights of the school year are the Year 4 and Year 6 plays, which involve all the pupils in the year, performed to the public in the Bridge House Theatre.
Design and Technology
The pupils are introduced to the principles of designing and making to meet the needs of the end user. They explore a range of technologies and use a variety of materials and learn how to design, construct, test and evaluate their own product ideas.
Physical Education and Games
PE lessons cover a range of activities including swimming, water polo, gymnastics, basketball, hockey, tennis and athletics. The main games played in the Junior School are rugby, football and cricket. Additional sporting opportunities are provided in both the after school activity programme and through a variety of inter-school, inter-house and inter-class fixtures.
Curriculum Support
Curriculum Support in English and Mathematics is available and supplied through mutual agreement with parents.
There is provision for EAL (English as an Additional Language), whilst Gifted and Talented boys are catered for both within the mainstream curriculum and through the clubs and activities scheme.

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