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 offer individual lessons each week to well over half of the pupils in the Prep school. A wide range of weekly ensembles including choirs, orchestras and ensembles for strings, wind and jazz give the children the chance to develop as musicians by playing collaboratively. 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.
This year, in place of our traditional School Christmas Card, our Upper and Middle School Choirs recorded a Christmas Video. The audio recording was chosen as one of just eleven winners in the Eagle Radio 'Christmas Carol Competition' and was played on the Peter Gordon Breakfast Show on Wednesday 19th December 2018. View the video here.
The children study the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) in ballet, free style, jazz and hip hop, and of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) for tap 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, are given the opportunity to 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 self-confidence and creativity, as well as developing teamwork skills and deepening the children's 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 each year group. Productions also take place frequently in Calvi House. Recent Prep School productions include Godspell, Lord of the Flies, Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes and Bugsy Malone. 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.