Church Cowley St James Church of England Primary School

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Throughout the year, all children will work with their teachers to develop, create and perform class assemblies. Assemblies are a brilliant opportunity for children to work collaboratively and think creatively. An opportunity to weave learning from across the curriculum with art, dance, music and drama and showcase their learning to the wider school community.

Every year, we encourage all children to stage their own production. Taking a script, the children will take responsibility for all aspects of the production, from props to music to lighting. Working with a team of actors at Pegasus theatre, the performances are a highlight for all in the school calendar.

There is always Xmas and nativity performances both at the school and in St James Church and weekly opportunities for children to perform in Open the Book assemblies run by the Church.

At the end of each term, children will stage a sharing exhibition and performance where we invite the wider school community into school to celebrate the children’s learning from across the curriculum. An immersive and often interactive experience provides a unique opportunity to showcase their talents and success.

In addition to their own performances, children will visit the theatre, see an art exhibition and a museum exhibition and experience a live music performance at least once a year. We lean heavily on the rich culture and experiences available in and around Oxford to open children's eyes to the possibilities on their doorstep. See our trips and visits plan for more details.

The school has worked with leading arts organisations such as Shakespeare Schools’ Festival, the Globe, the Oxford Pegasus Theatre, Oxford New Theatre outreach, Young Voices, the Oxford Story Museum, Oxford Playhouse Theatre, Oxfordshire Young Philharmonic orchestra, several travelling theatre companies and Oxford University Student Outreach.  We seek the best creative opportunities for all children that add life to their learning and help enrich their cultural capital.