Expressive Arts is an area of the curriculum which develops pupils’ sensitivity to many aspects of everyday living and prepares them for a very wide range of stimulating and challenging activities. Expressive Arts comprises the following components:
Art & Design
Art and Design activities enrich the lives of our pupils by contributing to their intellectual, emotional and cultural development through using visual media. Through Art and Design pupils develop their capacity to invent, create and interpret images and objects; design, make and evaluate, and gain insight into technological processes. Pupils have opportunities to use materials, techniques, skills and media, and to express ideas, thoughts, feelings and solutions. They are encouraged to appreciate and value their own work, but also the work of artists and designers, and to be aware of the influence of the visual arts and design upon their own lives and on the community.
Through dance, learners have opportunities to be creative and to experience inspiration & enjoyment. Taking part in dance contributes to their physical education and physical activity.
Drama sessions provide an opportunity for pupils to experience feelings, assume responsibilities, accept group decisions, solve problems and work together co-operatively. Pupils are encouraged to expand their understanding of life experiences, to reflect on a particular circumstance and to make sense out of their world in a deeper way. These aims are achieved progressively through a variety of ways such as using movement and mime, role-play and improvisation.
From Nursery onwards all our children are encouraged to sing confidently and enthusiastically with expression. We introduce music notation, tuned and untuned percussion in the early stages. Through investigating, exploring, creating and inventing, the children develop their skills. Opportunities for musical production and performances exist.
The Kodaly Singing and Musicianship programme (KSMP) was launched in schools in August 2004 and it aims to encourage early development of musicianship, establish a culture of regular singing and playing musical games in school, assist class teachers in feeling competent and confident enough to initiate and lead KSMP games in the classroom.