Music is a universal language. Our music education engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increases their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Music is taught through the integrated topics of the Creative Curriculum in all Year groups. As pupils progress, they develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination.
Our youngest children are encouraged to sing in class and their experience of music continues to widen and deepen as they progress through Junior School. They learn to listen and appraise, compose and perform.
We have a well-equipped, dedicated music room for teaching in the Junior school. In addition, music is always woven through assemblies, either performing or listening, and is performed in most of the Year Group productions.
Many children take the opportunity to sing in our Infant and Junior school choirs and / or learn an instrument through the visiting peripatetic teachers. We offer a range of lessons in piano, woodwind, brass, percussion and strings.
Creativity is at the heart of our curriculum - we aim to engage, inspire and challenge pupils, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own works. Art, craft and design is incorporated into all the topics as part of our Creative Curriculum.
As pupils progress, they learn to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of art and design. They see how art and design both reflect and shape our history, and contribute to the culture, creativity and wealth of our nation.
In D&T we aim to
develop creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products
critique, evaluate and test ideas and products and the work of others
understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Design Technology is an integral part of the Creative Curriculum, and has excellent links with the teaching of maths and science.
Through the years, the children have the opportunity to develop skills using a range of materials and in a variety of contexts. This ranges, for example, from making moving mechanisms for Christmas cards, Harvest cooking and sewing Easter bags in the Infant School through to making Greek vases, cooking Mayan flatbread and constructing electric buggies in the Junior School.
Younger children in nursery and reception classes have regular opportunities to experiment with different materials and learn the basic skills of cutting, sticking and assembling.
In Year 6, our children’s D&T experience is also applied during Enterprise Fortnight, which involves the selection, design, production, marketing and selling of a range of products in a simulated business environment. Their profit is used to finance their own school trip.
At the Junior School we have a recently refurbished teaching kitchen with an adjacent outdoor cooking area. This is regularly used for the preparation of food and its cooking, both in the kitchen and on the fire pit.
Drama is valued as a major art form and also for its wider contribution to developing pupils’ memory, confidence, and teamwork skills.
Pupils’ gain their first experience of performing in a school play in Nursery or Acorn when they take part in dedicated productions. As they grow, they will have the opportunity to get involved in Year Group productions, and we often use drama as a way of illuminating and bringing to life other study topics.
As well as the schools’ halls, at the Junior School we also have a dedicated Drama Studio used regularly for classes.
Extra-curricular arts clubs include: art, creative, drama, dance, up-cycling, knitting & sewing. Please see the club list for full details.
The pupils’ creative output is regularly celebrated and can be seen on display throughout the School. We are proud to be playing our part in developing the imaginative powers of all our pupils and in bringing on the next generation of artists and designers.