The Arts at Feltonfleet
Drama, Dance, Art and Music are integral to the Feltonfleet experience of every child, and throughout the school a wealth of opportunities is provided for pupils to develop their skills and to enjoy participating as fully as possible in the arts. The school enjoys considerable success in gaining arts-based Scholarship awards at senior schools.
Art is provided in three forms – as a curriculum subject, as an extra-curricular activity and, for more advanced artists, the Art Scholarship Programme, in
preparation for senior school Scholarships. Pupils learn to use different materials, techniques, skills and design processes to communicate what they see, feel and think. They regularly make use of the school’s art facilities during lunch breaks and the department takes children to a range of art galleries, workshops or exhibitions each year. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a variety of competitions during the course of the year. High quality art exhibitions of the children’s work are a key feature of the department.
The music department is a particularly busy one. In addition to the curriculum taught by specialist teachers, our visiting teachers give individual
lessons each week to well over half of the pupils in the Prep school. A wide range of weekly ensembles including choirs, orchestra, various wind and jazz
ensembles gives the children the chance to develop as musicians by playing with each other. Numerous performance opportunities are available in the extensive
programme of concerts, both formal and informal. Each term children succeed in their individual music exams, and the more advanced senior pupils regularly gain Music Scholarships at Senior Schools.
Dance The children study the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus in Ballet (R.A.D.), free style, jazz and Hip Hop , Imperial Society in Teachers of Dance for Tap (I.S.T.D) and contemporary dance. Each year children are able to visit The Royal Opera House and various theatres to view performances. In Year 4 students have the opportunity to be invited to auditions for the London Children’s Ballet. Ballet exams are held termly and the annual dance show takes place at the end of the Spring Term. All children, from Nursery to Year 8 take part.
Drama has a very high profile within the school and all pupils from Year 3 to Year 8 enjoy weekly lessons from a specialist teacher. Drama is also taught through creative learning in Calvi. These lessons aim to encourage physical and vocal selfconfidence and creativity, as well as developing teamwork skills and deepening the childrens’ understanding of dramatic devices and techniques. There is an annual Year Group Production for Year 4, Year 5, Year 7 and Year 8 which involves every child in the year group. Productions also take place frequently in Calvi House. Recent Prep School productions include Godspell, Lord of the Flies and Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. There is also an annual theatre trip for Year 6. LAMDA is offered as an extra-curricular lesson and senior pupils often go on to achieve Drama Scholarships at their senior schools.