Slaley First School encourages children's creativity and imagination as well as enjoyment. A range of materials and tools are provided to promote skills in drawing, painting, modelling, needlecraft, textiles, pottery, photography and computer graphics. The school provides an Arts programme covering various aspects of painting, sculpture, drawing etc., alongside music dance and drama. We are actively linked with Queen Elizabeth High School as part of their Arts College development and have a rolling programme of input from other professionals. Skills are developed progressively, as the children move through the school. The small size of Slaley First School allows projects to be covered by different age groups, yet encourages greater control and reflection on their work, as children mature. We are actively seeking to build a register of local artists and craftspeople happy to visit school or to lead special workshops.
At Slaley First School we use the Charanga online music school to keep our music curriculum fresh and exciting. Music plays an important part in school life. Small groups and class groups compose and perform as singers or instrumentalists. All pupils experience percussion work and all learn to play instruments.
We foster a positive attitude towards sharing and enjoying music with others, and whenever possible, we make links with the community e.g. Harvest Festival, and other celebrations. We have also made links with Image Theatre, who annually visit the school enabling the children to participate in a fully interactive production.
Pupils are also encouraged to explore opportunities that may arise beyond the school environment. For example, auditioning for dramatic productions staged by independent theatre companies.