Music is a universal language and it is embedded in Grafton’s teaching and learning. At Grafton, we aim to foster a love and appreciation for music in all its forms and to develop confidence in all our children.
We follow the recommended Model Music Curriculum, which focuses on the key areas of singing; listening to music; composing; and performing/instrumental performance. All children participate in singing assemblies and are taught to compose; perform and understand staff notation by specialist teachers, using drums, glockenspiels and xylophones, with further opportunities for children with exceptional enthusiasm for music.
We are partnered with Restore the Music and Music Education Islington, who provide support and guidance in the teaching of the subject.
Music also takes place in our assemblies, in which we celebrate diverse cultural events and festivals.
Dance and Drama
Dance and drama subjects are developed through other curriculum areas and in their own right, contributing to topic work and our class assemblies. These subjects are embedded in all our work and celebrated at every opportunity. At Grafton, we embrace the performing arts as we find they provide an opportunity for children to express themselves and they consolidate and enhance learning across all subjects. Theatre trips and whole school performances are embedded in Grafton’s creative curriculum.
At Grafton, we follow the Islington agreed Syllabus for religious education (SACRE), the aims of which are to enable children achieve knowledge and understanding of different religious beliefs and practises and to learn to respect the traditions of others. The enquiry-based syllabus provides a platform to recognise similarities and links between religious beliefs.
Our assemblies and collective workshop give the children the opportunity to celebrate festivals and beliefs from all religions and to reflect on their own individual.
Modern Foreign Languages
At Grafton, children are taught French by a specialist teacher, who is a languages advisor. Children learn to understand, speak and write in French through a creative curriculum, which is informed by children’s skills and knowledge. French is also spoken during classroom activities and children are given the opportunity to develop their skills in this and other languages, through cross-curricular activities.
Grafton has been awarded accreditation level for International School Award for five years and has also successfully applied for Erasmus+, a programme to support the development of educational practices in Europe and beyond.
Art is a real strength as Grafton Primary School, and a huge contributor to the children’s development. We encourage appreciation of art in any form, from Monet’s paintings to sculptures by Henry Moore, including art from other cultures. We simply love being creative and this makes our school a great place to be.
Philosophy for Children
All our staff are trained in working with pupils in Philosophy lessons. These are very successful and provide opportunities for our children to debate, discuss, consider and become analytical about the world around them.