For the very youngest pupils at St Edmund’s as well as the most senior, creativity sits at the very heart of their education. This holds true for all aspects of their learning, and makes especially important the work we do together in Music, Drama and Art.
We introduce Pre-Prep children to performing, listening and composing with an emphasis on their developing musicality, enthusiasm and confidence through a variety of topic-led practical activities.
Children learn to enjoy singing, and perform regularly in the Pre-Prep hall, Chapel and Senior School theatre. They also play percussion instruments and develop a sense of rhythm and beat, playing individually and as part of larger groups. Through listening activities, they learn to appreciate dynamics and textures of sound – reinforced by their experiencing live music with visiting musicians and activities with the Junior School in anticipation of their moving up through St Edmund’s.
Every child in Pre-Prep takes part in a Nativity play and termly Kic Theatre drama workshops, and Years 1 and 2 perform plays based on their topic work in end-of-term services in the Chapel. Those in Dragonfly class also have the opportunity to perform in a Senior School production, held in the theatre at the end of the school year.
Children enjoy opportunities to learn about a variety of artists, explore different techniques and media, and create masterpieces of their own. All classes learn new skills in teacher-led art activities, and children can pursue their own ideas for drawing, painting and making in our dedicated creation areas.
All Pre-Prep children enjoy poetry in the classroom on a regular basis, and have the opportunity to focus on reading, listening to, learning and writing poetry during Poetry Week – culminating in recitals for parents.