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The Arts

'Bringing out the creative potential within each child'

Drama

Regular lessons for our youngest in Little Chicks lay the foundations for an exciting programme of drama throughout the school.  Interactive drama lessons are great fun and develop the children’s confidence which is so important for their development in all areas of school life. Individual tuition for LAMDA exams is available and the children preform to the highest standards which is reflected in outstanding LAMDA Drama results.Our productions include:

Lower School - Kindergarten and Reception perform a traditional Nativity, and Year 1&2 perform a Nativity musical in the Autumn Term

Upper School - Year 3&4 have a Music and Drama showcase in the Spring Term. Year 5&6 have an annual musical production in the Summer Term. Previous productions have included Sweeny Todd and Oliver and are of an exceptional standard. 

Music

Music is embedded in the school's history and enjoyed by the whole Chinthurst community. The school benefits from a Music Suite, including a large classroom and three smaller purpose-built practice rooms, as well as a wide selection of instruments available for both classroom music lessons and to borrow for instrumental tuition.

All children from Reception to Year 6 have a weekly music lesson with our Head of Music in the Music Room. They follow a varied and engaging curriculum, balancing listening, composing and performing activities, alongside preparing for whole school musical events, such as Christmas Nativity Plays and End of Year Productions.

Singing is part of daily life at Chinthurst. Every assembly has opportunities for the whole school community to sing as one and every week we share this with parents at our Church Services. The school has three choirs: one for Lower School, a Junior Choir for pupils in Years 3 and 4 and our Senior Choir is open to pupils in Years 5 and 6. Our Senior Choir performs regularly at our weekly Church Services, but also out in the community at a range of different events.

All children from Year 1 are offered private instrumental lessons on a wide range of instruments. These happen in school time on rotational timetables so that children still participate fully in the school curriculum. We have an exceptional selection of visiting music teachers, who offer lessons on the following:

  • ‘Cello
  • Clarinet
  • Drums / Percussion
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • French Horn
  • Guitar: Classical, Electric, Bass
  • Harp
  • Piano
  • Recorder
  • Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Trumpet
  • Ukulele
  • Viola
  • Violin
  • Voice
  • Music Theory

In addition to this, all children in Year 2 learn the Recorder for a year, introducing them to playing an instrument, reading musical notation and performing as part of an ensemble.

Art

Art is taught by an enthusiastic, specialist teacher who brings out the creative potential within each child. We take a practical approach with a wide variety of techniques covering all elements of art and allowing the child to explore their own creative potential.