TEACHING TO A HIGHER STANDARD
We believe that the arts are hugely important to the life of the school and we aim to nurture a love of art, music and drama. We encourage pupils to use their imagination and creativity in a variety of mediums that provide visual, tactile and sensory experiences. Every pupil is encouraged to develop their ideas and explore their artistic talents, using a broad range of techniques.
Art is taught through demonstration, experimentation and practice. Our pupils are introduced to a wide variety of materials, media and techniques to enable them to choose the right methods to best communicate their ideas and feelings. They are exposed to the work of many different artists and movements from the past and present. Art is taught in small groups in a purpose-built classroom. Our aim is for our students to leave Gidea Park with confidence in and enjoyment of the creative process whatever their level of ability.
We want all pupils to have the chance to enjoy a broad music education and they will be introduced to a wide range of music, through listening, performing and composing. Music is available to pupils through both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities. We run a choir and offer peripatetic music lessons. Pupils compete in our annual House Music competition, and have the chance to perform in informal concerts. All children are involved in drama, using games, exercises and improvisation to develop creativity, imagination, thinking, speaking and listening skills. Performance helps develop confidence and every pupil is encouraged to get involved in a drama or musical performance of one sort or another.
— The Arts Council