Our approach to the curriculum is based on creative integration of subjects both horizontally, across each school year, and vertically, through the 8 year journey from class 1 (age 6-7) to class 8 (age 13-14). It is expressed particularly strongly in class 8, where the benefits of a continuously creative and inspirational cross-curricular approach are very clearly manifest. In this year the focus of a class play gives form to creative expression by the children. As with all our class activities, every child understands that they are expected to take part and make a contribution. Nevertheless, it remains an exhilarating process which encourages individuals rise to these challenges while rewarding the class in working hard to support each other.
The children are supported in taking responsibility for designing, building and decorating sets; designing and making costumes; examining the literature and responding through creative writing; placing the play in an historical and cultural context and, of course, rehearsing, directing and performing. The year concludes with public performances of the play. That our pupils are able to do this is the result of consistent encouragement and example of finding ways to approach academic tasks through creative means. In 2013/14 these 13 and 14 year old children produced Bertolt Brecht’s ‘The Caucasian Chalk Circle’.
This year Class 8 are performing Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’. They have designed and built the set, made their costumes (including a wall for ‘Tom Snout / Wall’) and rehearsed with incredible diligence.
What they need now is an audience! Please support Class 8 and treat yourself to a great night out by coming to one of the performances, each evening from Wednesday 6th May to Saturday 9th May at 7 pm. Entrance is free, though donations are welcome. The play is open to all, so please do tell your friends. We look forward to welcoming you to the dream!