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 are 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.
Children have the opportunity to experiment and engage with a variety of different mediums and materials. They will progress through a range of activities including drawing, painting, printing and three-dimensional work in order to exercise their creativity and to better understand their surroundings. As they learn to take risks and experiment within a safe and fun environment, we hope they will engage more fully with their learning and be better prepared for the changing world in which they live. These skills and the talent of the children are developed alongside an understanding of theory and the history of art. Our policy is not founded on competition but on celebrating every child’s personal artistic style.
Music has a prominent role at Feltonfleet. Each child learns music in class with specialist music teachers throughout the school. Through singing, playing, listening and composing, children develop their musicality and confidence. The Music curriculum is supported by a full programme of extra-curricular activities, including Senior and Junior Choirs, Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band and Recorder Group, all of whom rehearse weekly. An extensive concert programme allows the children numerous opportunities for performance during the year and there are regular performances of choirs and ensembles in venues outside the school. Large numbers take ABRSM exams at the school each term, and a few of the most accomplished musicians in their last year achieve Music Scholarships to their senior schools. The result is a vibrant and successful musical culture.
Dance is an extremely popular extra-curricular activity throughout the school, with large numbers of pupils taking graded exams in a range of dance disciplines each year, and children from across the school presenting an annual dance extravaganza each summer term.
Drama has a high profile within the school and all pupils enjoy weekly drama lessons. These aim to encourage physical and vocal self-confidence as well as developing good teamwork and deepening the children’s understanding of dramatic devices and techniques. Every year group presents a dramatic production in the course of the year, and every child in the year group will be fully involved on stage in the production. Recent shows have included ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, ‘Peter Pan’, ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and ‘The Children’s Crusade’.