Drama & Performing Arts
Drama is taught from Year 2 with pupils attending a weekly class in the purpose built Drama studio. The department is well resourced with scripts and throughout the year props and costumes are added to the stock. For every year, each term is spent developing skills to create and perform a final piece in small groups at the end of the term, covering a variety of themes and genres of theatre from Shakespeare to Soap Opera, Horror movies to Greek Tragedy.
The Department offers a BTEC Performing Arts for our Key Stage 4 students, the qualification aiming to develop the pupil’s understanding of the relevant practical skills and associated knowledge needed to work in the performing arts industry, covering the skills required in both performing and non-performing roles.
Students also have the opportunity to join ‘Spotlites’, the extra-curricular drama club which is open for all students with a range of abilities from Years 5-11
At Riverston School, Music is studied by every pupil from reception to Year 9 with the option of studying Music at Key Stage 4. Singing, Performing, Composing and Listening form an integral part of each topic with lessons being as practical as possible.
Students study a variety of genres including Popular, World, Classical, Film and Television Music.
The Junior and Middle/Upper School Choirs sing a variety of music ranging from Christmas Carols, Gospel and Pop Music, and have many opportunities to perform at special occasions, including Harvest Festival, Christmas Nativity Plays, Carol Service and Founders Day.
Peripatetic Music lessons are available for a number of instruments including: Piano, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Guitar and Singing.
Food Technology is the most recent addition to the Creative Arts Department. Adding Food Technology to the programme of study has created an enthusiasm amongst the school, proving an overwhelming success with pupils. Pupils are taught a balance of theory and practical skills, all tailored to develop their creative ability and technical skills. Pupils are required to record progress in individual portfolio wallets in which they evidence theory sheets, safety worksheets, recipes and photographs of food actually made.
A ‘Chef of the Term’ initiative creates great incentive amongst pupils to consistently work to the best of their ability and in a safe and sensible manner within the Food Technology room. We aim to deliver essential skills for life in these lessons as pupils are taught how to provide for themselves on an independent basis.
Art & Design
Art and Design at Riverston School is a dynamic and exciting department where children are allowed to express their creative skills to the best of their ability. As a department we encourage self-confidence and as a result their work is consistently of a high standard. Pupils are required to create comprehensive and developed sketchbooks as well as regular larger scale, refined work for display. They also have access to a wide variety of media including painting, printing, textiles, drawing, clay and wire sculpture work.
The Art & Design department has promoted the importance of effective and attractive displays around the school. The department have tried to lead by example, and have seen displays becoming even more interesting and eye-catching all around the school. Good displays are an essential part of a student’s education as they provide a source of recognition of achievements, and let children take a pride in what they have done. They can also be used as an invaluable teaching aid, especially with younger students. This year we are placing particular emphasis on the up and coming Olympics and we are attempting our most ambitious display yet. The Year 9’s are creating life-size human sculptures in athletic poses which shall be placed excitingly around the school.
The Art & Design department has ensured that each year group has gone on at least one educational visit this year to one of the excellent galleries in London. We are very fortunate to have such wonderful resources on our doorstep and endeavour to make the most of these with each project undertaken.