The Arts

Pupils demonstrate high standards of creativity.

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Art

You will see straight away from the displays around the school what an important part Art plays in our curriculum. Our Early Years children are often up to their elbows in paint, playdoh, clay, water, glitter and glue and there are endless uses for yoghurt pots and the insides of kitchen rolls! As the children progress up through the school the use of different media becomes more structured and children can choose how they would like their work of art to look. An understanding of perspective, the effects of shading and colour mixing is developed through experimentation. They study the work of famous artists and attempt to use their styles to create their own master pieces. Our walls are adorned with Van Goghs, Brugels, Kandinskys and Warhols to name but a few.

Graphic design begins with the youngest children as they plan and execute their pictures on the computer and by Year 2 they are designing Wanted posters for Guy Fawkes, invites to assemblies and functions and our own school newspaper for charity fund raising. Textiles are used in collage, puppet making and sewing and model making involves the use of boxes, card, wood, and clay and groups of children produce large pieces of artwork outdoors. Art offers a wealth of creative opportunities enhancing the work of the children in other subject areas and is an invaluable way that they can express themselves and share their thoughts, feelings and ideas with others.

The aim of the department is to foster the innate creativity and encourage pupils to express their individuality in visible and tangible form. All work with a wide range of media, both 2D and 3D in well equipped, light and airy art rooms. Visits to exhibitions and galleries help in broadening their knowledge of the work of other artists. Hobbies sessions enable children to work on their own projects and areas of particular interest while gifted artists are put forward as candidates for Art Scholarships to their senior schools.

DT

The Design and Technology department is well established at Hoe Bridge and offers a comprehensive specialist provision. The curriculum develops practical and design skills, which lead into increasingly more complex tasks. The work involves a variety of media and processes using traditional materials through to electronics and computer-aided design and manufacture. The popularity of this subject has given rise to two after school clubs where children are encouraged to pursue their own design interests.

Drama

There are many events throughout the year in both departments that drama plays a part in. From nativity plays, Christmas sketches, end of term productions and even a staff panto! The Prep Department  produces a musical each summer, a mammoth task normally involving up to 100 children from Years 5 to 8. Despite months of rehearsals, the children thoroughly enjoy the experience and keep coming back for more each year. Past productions include: Pirates of Penzance, Godspell, Oliver, Joseph & The Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Wizard of Oz, Bugsy Malone, Les Miserables, Grease and H.M.S. Pinafore.