The Arts At Greenside
Specialism Award Scheme
We place the arts and creativity at the heart of what we do here at Greenside.
Our Greenside Specialism Award Scheme is an arts based programme that engages our students with purposeful learning experiences set within the context of our World Ready programme. These sessions take the form of a 6 week ‘short course’ and each course is made up of small vertical learning groups of students from Y1 – Y5.
World Ready skills combined with artistic interpretation are key features of this programme as they are designed to equip students with a knowledge and understanding of life beyond our school. All students do all 6 short courses over the year and these build towards our award system – students receive a Bronze Award for each course they do. Our Y6 students take part in a separate STEM for Life session each week to prepare them for their transition to Secondary School.
There is a real buzz around the school on a Friday morning as these groups spring into action whether they are learning how to iron clothes, read bus timetables, choreograph a dance routine or sharing a memory with an older member of our local community. These are always engaging and active sessions, focused around big questions and big experiences, and are always arts centred. The final session is focused around application, celebration and reflection. This year our groups are: Survival at home, Survival beyond Greenside, Healthy Living, Arts & Performance, We Act Community Action and Elgin Community Art & Storytelling.
In September 2017 we launched the Greenside Award Scheme to record and celebrate all the achievements of our students. Students can receive a point for doing a good piece of work, showing good manners, using our World Ready skills, contributing to our school community etc. Additional bonus points are available to students for doing something above and beyond. These points are collected from classes by our Student Leaders each week and the awards badges are handed out during celebration Board Meetings. Our awards are: Bronze, Silver, Gold and ultimate award – Green!
Greenside is also a place where we perform in lots of different ways and for different audiences!
Over the past couple of years we have put on productions of:
Alice in Green Wonderland
Oh What a Lovely War!
An Inspector Calls
5 Minute Theatre (original pieces by students)
We also enjoy singing together and learning Greenside songs!
At our GGL World Peace day we sang: Hallelujah, Imagine, Day Dream Believer and Give Peace a Chance – all in glorious harmony!
Phoenix Island – A found Story
We recently commissioned students across The Elliot Foundation to write a Found Story entitled Phoenix Island. Students donated £1.00 to Good Chance and a line for our story.
The Sam Lee song inspired the title and our students edited all the lines to make an amazing found story. Please click the link below to read it!
We are delighted that we are now signed up to gain our Arts Mark Platinum Award.