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Going to the Theatre

Last term all students at ALP had the opportunity to explore ‘Going To The Theatre’ as part of their Artsmark termly project. The aim of the project was for students to understand the variety of roles and skills involved in theatre productions. Unable to see a show or go behind the scenes at an actual theatre, we had to get extra creative!

With the help from some of our secondary students, we transformed our music room into a musical theatre to show a screening of ‘Our House’, with one post-16 student in charge of documenting the process with his photography skills, as shown below.

Secondary students built on one of the themes of Our House in their music lessons by learning about Jamaican Ska’s influence on the british music scene in the 1970s to form Two-tone. In case you missed it, you can learn more about Our House in our previous post. In art, students had a virtual tour of the National Theatre in London to discover job roles from director to scenic artist. In English they explored script writing and poster design for theatre shows. In maths they applied their measuring and scaling knowledge to create two fantastic scale model theatre stages – complete with rainbow curtains and even a miniature orchestra!

Reflecting on their own skills, students had the opportunity to select a role they would like to take part in for our end of term production. Some students took to the limelight and dazzled us with their musical and acting performances. They recreated christmas movie scenes from Home Alone to The Grinch in their music lessons to email out to parents and carers. However not everyone working in a theatre team wants to be a star performer! Many students across the school contributed their art skills by creating physical sets and costumes, drawings to project, photoshop skills to put other student’s drawings together and one secondary student took on the role of videographer to film the primary’s performance. What a talented team!

In addition to the end of term production some secondary students explored designing miniature scenery to illustrate scripts and began to introduce themselves to the art of stop motion animation. Students will have the opportunity to explore stop motion, green screens and audio recording in our next Artsmark project ‘Media Metaphors’ – watch this space!!

Artsmark Celebration Week

Artsmark Celebration Week!

As this week is Artsmark Celebration Week, here is an update of our journey over the last year working towards an Artsmark Award.

We decided to focus on:

  • Providing students with arts and cultural experiences linked to their local community and creative industry
  • Opportunities ownership and leadership roles within the school environment
  • Collaboration between subjects to deliver arts and culture projects across the whole school
  • Develop digital and media arts to stay relevant to future careers

Garden Project

Students discussed their ideas to develop the schools outdoor space during Student Voice meetings. They gathered inspiration by visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Leicester city centre graffiti from ‘Bring The Paint’ festival. They also visited local art studios Two Queens, Leicester Print Studio, Graffwerks and Makers Yard to meet and interview practitioners in the local creative industry. 

Secondary students identified a need for a graffiti wall, shelter and raised beds and designed a layout to co-exist with their new Forest Schools area. During maths lessons the students measured the areas before using art and construction lessons to finalise the designs. Other maths groups put their measuring skills to good use by making bird boxes for the garden. Primary students learnt about the role of landscape architects in their career lessons by working as a team to design and make a model park. 

Students were able to utilise their new graffiti wall to learn spray painting skills from a local graffiti artist resulting in some fantastic, original artwork! Since returning from summer two of our post-16 students have taken on lead roles in continuing the shelter project with plans to pass on their carpentry skills to other students. Primary students will continue to develop their sensory garden during spring and summer term in collaboration with the ALP Eco Schools Committee.

Going To The Theatre

With our plans to visit the theatre this term out the window, we decided to make our own! At the beginning of term secondary and post 16 students visited ALP’s Musical Theatre to watch ‘Our House – A Madness Musical’. Below are photographs taken by a post 16 photography student documenting the build. In music lessons they discovered how the 80s Two-tone movement was influenced by Jamaican Ska.

Although the learners may not be able to provide you with their usual Christmas production in person, they are working hard towards a digital version that utilises their individual skills and interests in acting, singing, set design, music production and film. Watch this space!!

Digital Development

With digital and technology industries growing so are the opportunities for future job roles and creative careers. With this in mind our students now have access to a DSLR camera to learn photography and film skills and the Adobe suite to edit and create digital art and film. Our learners also visited behind the scenes at the BBC to gain insight into how news stories are broadcast. They will further develop film and media skills in the spring term, starting with a ‘Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making Of Harry Potter’ to gain understanding about special effects such as green screen.

How Is Artsmark Having a Positive Impact?

This is what our staff and students have said so far..

‘It has changed my style of learning to be more creative’

‘It engages learners well and allows them to explore the links between a range of curriculum areas in context and can make the subject content feel more relevant’

ALP Musical Theatre

Due to public theatres being closed, ALP Musical Theatre has been created to show a ‘pop up’ theatre screening of ‘Our House’ on Friday 11th September for secondary and post 16 students. This is to kick start this term’s Artsmark project ‘Going to the Theatre’ where students will explore meaning behind lyrics in english lessons, the historical context of genres like Two-tone in music lessons, theatre make up in hair dressing and constructing a scale model theatre set in maths lessons. Students will then use this to develop their own ideas for a theatre celebration at the end of term.

Online Safety Day

Recently ALP Leicester took part in National Internet Safety Day. Abbie and Kyle decided with the success of our own version of the 80s hit TV Show Bullseye last year, they would tackle another classic in Family Fortunes. All the learners involved had great fun and one team managed to claim the prize but only after there was a tie when the game was over. 

First Aid for the Learners

On Friday 6th. The secondary learners at ALP Leicester took part in First Aid training arranged by our First Aid Team.

Steve from St. John Ambulance service came in and made the training very interactive and fun and all the learners had a great day. So next time you cut yourself you might want to ask your child to patch you now they have had training.

ALP Leicester Win at Innovation

Thursday 27/2/2020 Saw ALP Leicester attend the Leicestershire Live innovation awards 2020, and walk away winning the innovation in Schools award. Congratulations to All the staff involved in getting this award

“The LeicestershireLive Innovation Awards 2020 will once again celebrate the very best technology, services, digital advances and creative thinking within Leicestershire. On Thursday, February 27, 2020 at the Morningside Arena there will be a pre-awards exhibition which will provide the regions most exciting product developers and innovators to once again showcase their work to attendees and members of the public. The exhibition opens at 2:00pm and concludes at 4:30pm and is free to attend.”

Visit to Interserve

ALP Leicester visited  Interserve Construction Limited to see the ongoing devlopment of a school to discuss different job roles and see the work being carried out. They talked about careers, health & safety issues and different routes into construction. 

Sound Journey to School

We have recently been using our new studio equipment and have recently made this sound clip. it was so much fun to make and I think every member of primary in someway or another was involved with this.