Music and Performing & Creative Arts
Music and performing and creative arts play an important role in nurturing numeracy, literacy, listening and comprehension skills as well as physical confidence. Therefore at Coworth Flexlands we provide weekly lessons in music, dance, drama, art and design technology.
Our specialist music training begins in Nursery with the teaching of rhythm and breathing, an introduction to instruments and musical notation. Throughout Pre-Prep all boys and girls learn the correct techniques for singing, tuned percussion and the recorder.
In Prep the girls extend their musical knowledge studying different genres of music and composers covering a wide range of eras and cultures. They further enhance their musical skills to include keyboard, music theory and composition so all are competent to join the choirs and orchestra. Encouraging opportunities for collaboration and performance in class develops their confidence, self-esteem and sense of achievement. Everyone, including Pre-Prep, takes part in school choral and musical activities such as Harvest, Remembrance Day, Christmas, and Easter. With this level of enthusiasm and skills everyone at some stage in Prep has opportunities to take part in events such as the Chobham Festival, and Wembley’s Voice In A Million.
Those girls with a love of music sign up for the weekly choir, orchestra, recorder group and auditioned chamber choir practices which affords them additional chances to perform in and outside of school, including representing the school at competitive music festivals.
Individual instrumental lessons are provided by our peripatetic team in voice, strings, woodwind, piano and percussion. Pupils may hire selected instruments from school when they first begin. Please see Extra-Curricular Music for detail.
From Nursery upwards drama and dance is an integral part of the school curriculum. Both are taught by specialist teachers ensuring the highest standards for all. Pupils are taught dramatic techniques and stage dance moves as well as having opportunities to engage their personal creativity in lessons. Working together in groups chosen by the teacher enhances their social development and ability to work with a wide variety of personalities.
Throughout the year the children showcase their music and performance skills through one of the termly productions. Nursery, Reception and Years 1 & 2 present their Nativity plays at Christmas, Year 3 and 4 perform during the Easter term and Year 5 and 6 complete the year with their production in the Summer term. They also take part in smaller class assemblies on a termly basis.
Pupils may take additional lessons, as extra-curricular subjects, in LAMDA, ballet, dance, and musical theatre. Trips to museums, galleries, theatres and visiting experts to the school deepen and inspire their learning in these areas.
Art and Design is taught weekly to all children from Nursery upwards and they are given a wide range of opportunities to develop their skills in this area. This starts with making marks and exploring colour in EYFS (Nursery and Reception years) and then to drawing and painting simple pictures and making 3D models from a variety of materials. They start to learn about different artists and techniques and use this knowledge to improve their own skills. They finish their time here at school with an in-depth study of an independently chosen artist and produce work for a Y6 exhibition in February each year.
Alongside the formal lessons, there are many Art competitions both in school and out where children who have a particular talent can shine and the termly Artist of the Term award rewards those who have done particularly well in lessons. There are clubs available after school for those who wish to explore art further in their own time.
Design technology is another important area in the creative arts and the pupils at Coworth Flexlands study this weekly in the Prep department, learning a wide variety of skills that enable them to design, make and evaluate different objects e.g. shelters, musical instruments, games, purses, cushions to name a few. They experiment with different cutting, joining and decorating techniques and learn to change their designs when things don't work out as they had planned.
In Pre-Prep this journey starts with model making using glue to join different materials and considering how they can represent the things they see in the world around them. They also start to make props to be used in their class assemblies and productions so they begin to understand the whole process of putting on a show.