Art at Kingswood is an exploration of the senses. Children's talents are valued and nurtured in a warm and inviting environment. Extra-curricular activities have included Ceramics, Recycled Art, Painting and Drawing, Batik and Crafts; the door is always open to those keen enough for even more! The key elements of art (Line, Form, Space, Shape, Texture, Tone and Colour) are visited in a wide range of ways throughout the school, in exciting projects such as papier-mâché parrots, ceramic bookends, Picasso portraits and printed books illustrated by our Year 4s, to name but a few. Specialist techniques are used regularly including print-making, batik, acrylic painting, metal embossing and digital image-making. We are proud to have our own kiln in the school and the children have become familiar with using glazes and oxides to enhance their clay designs. Competitions are run throughout the year and each child designs their own greetings card, which is then professionally printed to take home. We have had workshops with local artist Edwina Bridgman and have after school activities for Pre-Prep pupils run by artists from Bath Artists' Studios, in which the children can work towards an Arts Award. Whether it is designs for the School Play or making exciting displays around the school, the children are at the heart of our creativity, showing ambition is always in abundance.
Everyone at KPS is involved in music, both in the classroom and via extra-curricular activities. Class music lessons start in Reception, and most of our pupils also learn one or two instruments on an individual basis, and join in with various musical clubs. In class we learn essential music skills through singing, playing, listening, notating, composing and performing. Children can learn to play piano, any string, woodwind or brass instrument, drum kit, voice, harp and guitar. We run choirs, orchestral ensembles, a music technology club and a performing arts group. Concerts are regularly given, whether informally in a small group for grandparents on a Friday afternoon or more formally for larger audiences in our school chapel or theatre. Older children also enjoy the unique experience of singing at the O2 arena in London. Every year, our most advanced musicians gain scholarships to local senior schools. We believe music is for everyone; everyone can delight in music and learn to be a musician at their own level, whether simply for enjoyment or as a passion for life.
Design & Technology
The teaching of Design and Technology is a distinctive, creative and logical process that combines intellectual and practical skills through investigative activities, focused practical tasks, modelling, design, constructing and continual evaluation. It encourages pupils to recognise that the world around them has been created both by nature and human intervention. It also prepares them for living and working in an ever-increasingly technologically-based world. DT at KPS is project-based and designed to develop a raft of basic practical skills. Highlights include competitions, such as our recent Bird Box Build, workshops such as the highly enjoyable Lego Challenge as well as regular design-and-make favourites such as glove puppets, wire sculptures and gravity racer models. No material is wasted, as seen in the Year 6 'upcycling' charity sale where products ranged from plastic bottle bird feeders to combat fabric pin boards.
Drama is one of the great forms of human expression. Our drama education at KPS begins naturally in the Early Years with learning through role play; eventually, it includes many elements of theatre. During the year, pupils have the opportunity to pursue drama and public speaking through a whole host of activities, from staging a performance to achieving success in internationally recognised exams. Every single child in the school takes part in a yearly production, from the Nursery Nativity performed on stage in our hall to the Year 6 show staged in the Kingswood Theatre. Older pupils are also given the opportunity to perform Shakespeare in a local professional theatre. Poetry is likewise celebrated within our curriculum - our Pre-Prep Poetry Festival and Prep 'Poetry Out Loud' competition being hot favourites with many. Extra-curricular opportunities include: preparing for LAMDA acting and mime exams and for ESB public speaking exams; competing in speech and drama classes of the Mid-Somerset Festival; preparing a short play in French; arranging Musical Theatre show songs for performance and, of course, the weekly fun and games experienced in Drama Club. Alongside trips to the theatre, we have enjoyed visits from poets, stunt performers, mime artists and travelling theatre companies. All combine to develop confidence, explore creativity and help us make sense of the world.