We are exceptionally proud of the broad arts program that we offer our children. We have many specialist teachers who teach all children on a weekly basis.
All children from FS2-6 are taught by our specialist dance teacher Claire. Dance sessions focus on being creatively active, developing stamina, strength, flexibility and control as well as learning new dance steps. It teaches children how to present and express themselves in a positive manner and builds self confidence.
Sessions are fun but instill the demanding discipline of dance training to ensure high standards are achieved. Other work related skills include: team work, working independently, self discipline, determination, resilience, special and body awareness, improvisation skills and collaboration.
Our in house artist, Mrs Lockhart teaches across school and aims to provide a broad range of opportunities for children to explore their thoughts, ideas and observations. Through learning to work with different media and materials children develop confidence and refine their skills to be able to express themselves effectively through visual means. Becoming familiar with key artworks and great artists, designers, crafts people and architects from around the world is key to the learning process, encouraging children to recognise themselves as artists in their own right.
We have a music specialist, Mr Heaton who teaches across all the age ranges. Music is an important part of school life; we have an active and talented choir who perform regularly and a gifted and talented steel pan orchestra. In addition to this, there are many opportunities for all children with regular school productions and music lessons. The school also offers after school opportunities which change on a termly basis.
Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, it helps pupils understand themselves and relate to others, forging important links between the home, school and the wider world. The teaching of music develops pupils’ ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgments about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self-discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.
Our children participate in guitar, violin, clarinet and steel panning lessons.
Drama is led by Carrie Jones a specialist drama teacher. As well as teaching all classes on a weekly basis, Carrie also runs a G&T group and enters a small group of children in LAMDA exams. She supports the school production and concerts with her expertise and foresight.