Appleshaw St Peter's

Church of England Primary School

Cultural Literacy

"Culture is the widening of the mind and of the spirit." Jawaharial Nehru


History, Art and Music are the cornerstone of our identity as human beings. At Appleshaw we aim to offer our pupils a rich cultural experience that broadens them as individuals, gives them a strong identity and allows them to be thoughtful and reflective individuals.

History is taught across the school usually as part of a wider topic. We use a question-led investigative approach. For example, in Years 5 & 6 pupils ask: "Were people healthier in the past?". In years 3 & 4 they ask: "How did the landscape change during the stone, iron and bronze ages?". We aim to enrich our historical learning by visiting sites of interest and by inviting experts in to school.

Where possible art is also linked with a wider topic. During their time at Appleshaw pupils will be taught how to use a range of media, they will learn about influential artists through the ages and also about how art has influenced culture. 

Music is a part of daily life at Appleshaw. All pupils from Years 1-6 have a weekly music lesson. This may be instrument tuition provided by Hampshire Music Service, or expert vocal and percussion teaching. Concerts are held termly as an opportunity for pupils to perform to parents.

Additionally we put on other concerts and productions as an opportunity for pupils to perform. This may be a carol service at Christmas, a class play or a whole school production. This year our Year 5 & 6 pupils are preparing and performing 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' at he Newbury Corn Exchange as part of the Shakespeare Schools' Festival. This is a really exciting opportunity for our pupils to perform in front of a bigger audience in a professional theatre.