We place great emphasis on Creative Arts at Woodlands, using Music and Drama to develop our children’s confidence, expressive abilities, performance skills and creativity.
Children have Music lessons every week, learning instruments such as the recorder and keyboard as well as formal singing, composing, song writing, recording, music technology and standard music notation.
Many children opt for extra one to one music lessons with specialist visiting teachers including; guitar, ukelele, piano, violin, drums, singing, and more. Children display their knowledge and progress in regular choral concerts and showcase events.
We have a dedicated Drama and Music studio equipped with instruments, as well as a private room for one to one lessons, private tuition and practice.
Speech and Drama
Pupils have at least one dedicated Speech and Drama lesson each week, most of these being on a one to one basis. Acting is taught in small groups or individually. Children are encouraged to personally rehearse as homework and elocution is supported in class.
Many pupils take part in the popular course run by the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA) at lunchtimes and after school. LAMDA examination points at the highest level count towards university (QCAS) points.
We also offer a range of extra-curricular creative activities through our extensive clubs programme, including Strictly Come Woodlands, Woodlands Stars, Choir and Art.
All children are involved in our Christmas production, and have other chances to perform throughout the year; recent musical productions include “Wicked”, “Hercules” and “The Lion King”.
Visits to the theatre and workshops with professional actors in London all enhance our Creative Arts provision.
The Speech and Drama teacher helps children with speech needs and supports children on a one to one basis if they are nervous or would like extra help in preparing for speaking at assemblies or in productions and we are able to arrange the support of a speech therapist if required.