Art and Music
We believe that the arts are extremely important in giving children the opportunity to express themselves and develop interest and talents in non-academic subjects. For this reason a large proportion of our curriculum budget is spent on Music and Art.
We employ two music teachers, one to teach weekly music lessons to the children in Nursery and Reception and another who teaches a weekly music lesson to children in Y1 to Y6. The Music National Curriculum is taught to children during these sessions.
In addition to this children have weekly instrument lessons. This starts in Year 1 where they play the African drums each week and this continues into Year 2.
In Y3 all children start to learn to play the violin which they continue to develop in Y4. They can then continue this in smaller groups in Y5. Once children are in Y5 and Y6 they learn to play either a flute, clarinet, trombone or trumpet or continue to play the violin.
Children regularly perform at concerts in and outside of school. They take part in borough brass, wind and strings concerts and showcases.
We run several after school music clubs each term and provide after school guitar lessons. These lessons are charged for.
In addition to this our children sing in a local school community choir called Globetown Voices.
We also have a weekly whole school music assembly which is a joy to take part in! Songs from a range of genres and cultures are learned and performed at these assemblies.
All these lessons, clubs and groups are all taught by qualified and talented musicians rather than class teachers in order that our children get as much as possible from these sessions.
The highlight of the year is our annual Summer Music Festival where everyone performs to the entire school community in our playground. Each year we are very lucky as the sun always shines for us!
Wednesday Music Centre
Globe hosts a Wednesday Music Centre run by Tower Hamlets Arts & Music Education Service (THAMES).
This is open to children between 7 and 13 years old who are at the early stages of learning string, woodwind or brass instruments, and who are already receiving instrumental lessons during the week. Students play in either a string or wind ensemble in the first part of the session and then join together to play as a full orchestra for the second part of the session. There is also a choir.
There is a concert at the end of every term for students to showcase their musicianship, as well as further performance opportunities and projects, including working with creative partners.
To be eligible children must live, or attend school, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
The first term is free to new members and currently the charge is £3 per week. Reductions are available for a second child (ore more) to attend.
THAMES contact details are:
020 7364 0431
Applications to join the centre are available in the link below:
Wednesday Music Centre Application Form
At Globe, we encourage children to enjoy and express themselves in art whilst developing the capacity for imaginative and original thought.
Children are taught technical and creative skills and are given the opportunity to work with a wide variety of appropriate media both in two and three-dimensional form. Children learn to evaluate their own work and that of others. Throughout the school they develop the ability to value the contribution made by artists, artisans and designers.
During all phases the children develop their skills in different art techniques and work with a wide selection of media. Their ideas are generated by a variety of stimuli and will include both observational and imaginative work. The children are encouraged to look at art in different environments and study the work of artists from past to present. We encourage our children to think freely and be as expressive as they like in their art work. We try to give the children as much opportunity and experience as possible. All year groups have regular opportunities to visit galleries, museums and other venues for maximum exposure to as varied a range of art and craft work as possible.
Each term in Key Stage One and Two, Art is taught as part of our topic when children go on their learning journey ‘Journey around the Globe’. For more information on this please refer to our pages on our curriculum and our year group pages in the ‘Learning’ section of this website.
Working with Artists
Look around our school, inside and out, to see the wide variety of children’s art work on display.
Each year we always have an art project which all children take part in and where professional artists come in and work alongside the children in developing their expression and art skills.
We always run an art club as part of our after school club programme.