Art and Music at Downside

Art at Downside

Here’s a brief snapshot of just some of the many exciting things that have happened in our school so far, during this academic year.

Our school has now joined the Artsmark Community, and we are currently on our Artsmark journey. We’re developing our Arts provision and are working towards achieving the Artsmark Silver Award. Watch this space!

Year R Wednesday and Thursday Lunchtime Group Spring 2022

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Year R - Autumn 2021 - Lunchtime Art Club - Traditional Tales

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Key Stage 2 - Thursday After School Art Club

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Snapshot of Art at Downside this Academic Year (Silver Award)

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Julia Donaldson story characters - Lunchtime club

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Jason Callender Workshop

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Carnival Art

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Summer Art Clubs 2019

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Arts Highlights

Arts highlights at our school during the past year have included:

The opportunity for every pupil in the school to take part in an exciting workshop led by a Performance Artist from the Artis group.

This year all the Year 3 children participated in a series of Carnival workshops led by Carnival Arts Luton. One of these sessions was based at the Carnival Arts Centre, where children found out how the annual Luton Carnival is planned and prepared for the annual Luton Carnival..

Every child learned how to make and decorate their own carnival costume. The children and staff were all taught a dance routine by the team, which they then practised regularly. They showcased their Carnival outfits and new skills by performing a dance and parade at the beginning of the School Fete. Their parents and other family members looked on proudly and enjoyed the performance.

Year R also had an afternoon with Jo and her team from Carnival Arts Luton, where they found out more about Luton Carnival, tried on real minibeast themed costumes, and then enjoyed designing and making their very own carnival masks.

The Arts at Downside

We’ve now completed our first year as part of the Artsmark community and are currently working towards the Artsmark Silver status.

Music provision in our school is a major strength and children have a wealth of musical opportunities throughout the academic year. Last year these included:

Lunchtime clubs including choir, keyboards and recorders. All children were able to participate in the Singing Playgrounds Initiative.

David  Murphy, the renowned conductor and Beatboxer Oz worked together with year 5s on a fusion of classical and modern styles of music.

David Murphy and our pupils also worked alongside Amjad Ali Khan, the world famous Asian musician. This amalgamation culminated in a concert at CAC.

Downside’s choir and guitar group performed at the annual Luton Youth Festival for their epic free Youth music festival.

Downside’s Choir also participated in the Summer Singing Spectacular at Stopsley Baptist Church.

Here are our youngest children enjoying their first music lesson with Mr Guy on Transition Day at the end of the SummerTerm. |

Art Clubs - Academic Year 2018-19

Art Clubs

This year art clubs for Year R, Year 1 and Year 2 are available at lunchtimes every Friday.

The Thursday after school art club runs from 3.30 until 5.00 and is open to pupils from Year 2 to Year 6.

We are hoping to recruit and retain more boys this year in both Art and Music clubs!

Music Clubs - Academic Year 2018-19

Music Clubs

Choir for children in Years 3 to 6 is held on a Monday lunchtime and on a Wednesday for Year 2 children.

Recorder clubs for Years 3 to 6 are held on a Thursday lunchtime and keyboard club for the same year groups take place on a Friday lunchtime.

On Wednesdays there is an after school guitar club, which is run by Riad Abji from Luton Music Service.

We are hoping to recruit and retain more boys this year in both Art and Music clubs!

Lunchtime Art Club - Year R

At the end of the Autumn Term Year R performed songs and rhymes to Downside Pre- School. Mr Guy and the Reception class teachers were very proud of our pupils, and the younger children really enjoyed the performance.


Year 6 - working in the style of Picasso

Year 6 pupils were focussed on working in the style of Picasso, and produced some amazing artwork, which was displayed in their communal area.


After school club - focussing on Wildlife

Thursday after school Art Club is open to Year 2 to Year 6 pupils. They’ve been focussing on wildlife and have explored a variety of techniques to produce images of birds and animals.

The children particularly enjoyed tearing paper to create representations of birds in flight.

They considered the best way to replicate skin texture when modelling these elephants from clay, and used a variety of tools to create this effect; including nail and tooth brushes!

Lunchtime Art Club - Year R and 1

The Year R children have been creating images of the Gruffalo and other story characters, in various ways.

Year 1 children have been drawing pictures of themselves and their best friends.

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