There are many opportunities to link with not only the Humanities but also possibilities to link with Mathematics and Science. Children will make connections between one area of learning and another and so extend their understanding.
We aim to challenge children by exposing them to new ideas, stimuli and materials and to develop their personal problem-solving skills.
In the designated art room, children may work in both 2D and 3D - which may involve printing, clay work, collage or model-making. During the school year, there are numerous other opportunities for children to work creatively - for example, designing individual Christmas cards, preparing props for the school drama production, a whole school art exhibition to celebrate their work and engage in visiting ceramic workshops.
Children’s experience of art begins in the nursery and specialist art teaching begins in Year 1 with the hope that it will inspire a lifelong enthusiasm for learning and discovery.
All our children participate in a wide range of musical experiences.
Weekly music workshops include lively singing, percussion, composition and appreciation sessions. All children learn to play the recorder in Years 2 and 3 and are encouraged to select additional instruments to learn individually or in small groups.
There are opportunities to play in groups from duets to the Danesfield Manor Orchestra. Children in both lower and upper phases are offered the opportunity to sing and perform as part of the junior and senior school choirs.
From the early years upwards, we give children the chance to shine in our annual dramatic productions. All our performances are produced to the highest possible standards, with the upper phase children taking on responsibilities for front of house, lighting, scenery and costumes.
All children have the opportunity to perform and act. We offer elocution lessons to encourage confidence when speaking in public.