At Drumbeat Creative Learning is integral to the curriculum for each and every pupil. We offer a range of unique and exciting opportunities for students as part of a rich curriculum offer which has pupil well-being and happiness at it's heart. Examples of some of the varied experiences on offer include; yoga, drama projects and productions, school choir and performance groups appearing at local community events, opportunities to attend West End theatre trips, street dance classes and Drumbeat radio.
Dance and Drama at Drumbeat
At Drumbeat we offer a range of lessons in Dance, Drama and the Arts.
In the Primary Department we provide drop-in lessons for Dance and Drama. These are delivered in the form of short group activities, games and exercises that are accessible to all and allow the pupils to explore creative ideas and concepts. We also provide opportunities for pupils with a real interest in performing to take part in regular assemblies and the annual Christmas show where all classes work closely together and are supported to create fantastic performances they enjoy and are proud of.
In KS3 there are Drama intervention groups. We deliver a range of activities such as role-play, characterization and improvisation exercises, group trust and communication games, creative development and performance skills. The lessons (and targets) are highly personalised and often pupil-led and build towards half-termly performances, allowing the pupils to celebrate what they have learnt and share their work with others.
In KS3 and KS4 we deliver class-based dance lessons. A dance therapy-based lesson structure is used to guide the class through a series of 5 movement activities per lesson - involving a warm-up, rhythm and core strength, learning new forms and styles of dance, and an end of lesson ‘cool down’. These lessons allow opportunities for social and intensive interaction, freedom of expression and lots of fun. They are designed to develop physical fitness and control, improvisation and personal expression, extend pupils’ range of movement and be a positive experience of dance and music. We also run a Dance club as part of our KS3 ‘Hobbies afternoon’.
In KS4 we run the Arts Award programme – currently delivering the Bronze Award. This is a certificated programme which allows pupils to tap into skills they already have whilst acquiring new ones along the way. The course consists of 4 arts projects that must be passed in order for the award to be achieved. The pupils themselves choose what art form(s) they would like to explore for each project, and they document their progress in the form of an art portfolio. The flexible, personalised nature of the course is ideally suited to our pupils here at Drumbeat, and we’ve had huge success with it.
Music at Drumbeat
Students love music at Drumbeat!
In day to day lessons each session includes aspects of performing, composing and listening and appraising. Students learn through practical experience and are actively involved in making music in every session. A range of musical styles are explored from different traditions, cultures and times as well as music that the children are more familiar with. Learning takes place through making music both independently and together. At Key Stage 4 students work towards Entry Level Music qualifications.
In addition to day to day music lessons, students are invited to join the Primary, Secondary and 6th Form choirs. The choirs work towards performances both inside and outside school to showcase their good work. We have regular visiting instrumental specialists who give students additional instrumental lessons and deliver one off workshops both internally and externally. Past workshops have included rapping, story-telling and composition and past and future collaborators have included London Symphony Orchestra, Music Now and London Goldsmiths University.