The Creative Arts
Music at Longacre is diverse, offering our pupils further opportunities to discover both their strengths and more importantly, their passions. All children, from Nursery to Form VI, have exposure to musical teaching by a team of professional specialists, a practising musician themselves as well as an experienced teacher.
Children learn to play various percussion instruments in addition to undertaking formal tuition in recorder, violin, ukulele, flute and voice within their curriculum time, learn the principles of improvisation, composition, and public performance through class concerts. All pupils will learn to read and engage with music and discover the beauty of both traditional and contemporary music.
Confidence is everything; having a go, taking part and losing oneself in the subject without pressure to be the very best.
Longacre enables all pupils to perform in concerts; informal where all children are encouraged to participate to the formal concert, whereby our older pupils audition and perform at our highly enjoyable black tie evening.
The majority of pupils enjoy individual music tuition with one of our specialist peripatetic music teachers from harp to clarinet, drums to electric guitar; the choice is phenomenal. Musical Theatre is loved by all ages at Longacre with some who simply wish to experience performance to Grade 5 pupils, taking the stage by storm! Pupils can dip their toe in everything and anything: choir, orchestra, rock bands, ukulele group, cello quartet. There is something for everyone and we encourage the children to experiment and explore the various musical opportunities available.
Art at Longacre enables children to further engage with the world around them. We encourage our pupils to develop their creativity by exploring the visual, tactile and sensory qualities of materials and processes. Art provides an opportunity for children to express their individuality and experiment with media, colour, shape, pattern and texture, creating their own perspective of their environment.
At Longacre Art enables freedom and a deeper understanding that we all perceive our surroundings differently. In Art there is no right or wrong, and thus it provides space for children to experience high levels of success.
Children explore a vast array of media, from charcoal to millinery, from large scale acrylic on canvas to batique. There is something for everyone, delivered in an inspirational Art Studio. Visiting artists frequently add greater breadth and stimulation to the children’s work.
In Design Technology, children learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and creating. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them, exploring how familiar things work. Children design and make their own airplane with a functioning motor to a desk tidy that ties in perfectly with developing their organisation!
Children learn how to think imaginatively and talk about what they like and dislike when designing and making. They build on their early childhood experiences of investigating objects around them. They explore how familiar things work and talk about, draw and model their ideas. They learn how to design and make safely and could start to use ICT as part of their designing and making. Children design and make their own airplane with a functioning motor and a desk tidy that ties in perfectly with developing their organization.
Drama gives every child the opportunity to develop their confidence through collaboration and performance. Drama is key in developing confidence and self-esteem in addition to essential life skills such as presenting to an audience, interview practice and ‘working a room.’ Drama is taught by a specialist teacher in the Music and Drama Studio with one term of the curriculum designated to coverage of the LAMDA syllabus. Children are prepared for the appropriate examinations although these are optional.
Longacre produces major productions every year with every child participating in a public performance annually. The productions feature children in various aspects of the Performing Arts, including singing, acting and dancing, with instrumental accompaniments performed by pupils and staff. Not all children are comfortable at the front of the stage so there are opportunities to create scenery, participate in lighting and sound production as well as directing and stage management.
Previous productions include: Grease, Schools Will Rock You, Treasure Island, A Big Green Adventure, Early Years’ Nativity, Harvest Rock and musical versions of A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream and the Fiddler on the Roof.
In addition to the productions, each class performs two class assemblies per year, one with another class of a different age group to which parents are invited. Visiting teachers give our pupils the opportunity to study for Musical Theatre examinations and pupils have performed at Guilfest.