Bringing classroom topics to life in a creative manner and engendering a passion for the arts amongst our youngest pupils.The three subjects that make up our creative arts offering at the Junior School - Art, Drama (and Dance) and Music - allow our pupils to truly express themselves.
We place huge importance on our creative arts provision, not only in supporting our pupils' creative side, but also in how these subjects can support positive mental health and wellbeing amongst our young learners.
Drama and Music are taught from Kindergarten while Art is introduced to children in Junior 1, with specialist teachers providing exciting, hands-on experiences in each subject.
Let us show you how we explore the creative side of each and every one our children.
Our Junior School Art Department positively crackles with excitement every day!
From Junior 1, pupils participate in weekly timetabled classes as they learn the foundations of the art and design process, gaining confidence in making their own decisions, getting a grasp on their individual strengths and learning about famous artists from throughout history.
Pupils carry out their own research in order to enhance personal projects, gain understanding of artistic traits and learn more about the world.
Lessons are often based around classroom topics and themes, allowing our pupils to bring learning to life through creativity.
Their work is displayed throughout the classroom, in school corridors, and brought home for families to enjoy.
We believe that every child is an artist - it is our role to build confidence and inspire every pupil to create and express their special talents to the fullest capacity.
From Kindergarten, pupils love being a part of weekly timetabled Drama lessons. Working closely with peers, Junior School pupils discover new skills and gain confidence whilst, crucially, having fun!
Drama lessons incorporate topics and themes from the classroom which, in turn, aid our pupils visualisation and comprehension skills.
A highlight for pupils, teachers and parents are the regular performances and productions that take place each session. Whether it's our Junior 1 pupils enjoying a first taste of the limelight in the Christmas Nativity, Junior 3 working on a short studio production or Junior 6 putting on full-scale productions, we believe that our children are born to perform!
Our shows incorporate full production elements including lighting, set and sound design and spectacular costuming. Pupils are encouraged to participate, getting involved with productions, whether that be in an on-stage role or behind the scenes.
Music plays a huge part in the life of our school.
Junior School pupils take part in weekly core music lessons, with over 60% of pupils opting to advance on to individual instrumental tuition from Junior 3 onwards.
Pupils benefit from a department of highly talented full time teachers and visiting tutors, offering lessons in a wide variety of instruments, from piano, violin and clarinet to bagpipes and drums.
As pupils progress with their chosen instrument, they will have the opportunity to sit examinations through the Royal Schools of Music or Trinity College London.
A huge number of extra-curricular musical activities are available for pupils on a weekly basis; from singing in the Junior Choir to playing the flute in our Wind Band or the cello with our Junior String Orchestra, there really is an ensemble for each and every one of our talented young musicians.
Members of our school bands gain vital collaborative experience, with the chance to take part in regular concerts within the school and at external venues throughout the year. House music competitions, school assemblies and productions provide further opportunities for pupils to perform.
A selection of the performances throughout each session at our Junior School includes...
Scots' Verse Competition for Junior 3 to Junior 6 pupils
Burns' Supper Event for Junior 5 pupils, including spoken word recitations and traditional musical performances
Junior 6 Show, the most recent of which was a spectacular original show entitled 'Pirates of the Currybean'
Junior School Christmas Concert, involving Junior 1 to Junior 6 pupils, performed to over 500 guests at our Senior School
The Christmas Nativity, performed by Junior 1 pupils to invited guests, local church groups and nearby nursing homes
Spring Musical Concert, featuring performances from Junior School musical ensembles