The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder and serenity - Glenn Gould, pianist
The teaching of Performing Arts is a vital ingredient for pupils to grow up with a sense of self-worth. Dallington’s ethos of self-worth, freedom of expression and fostering a love for learning forms the basis of everything we do in the Performing Arts department. It is our mission to provide a curriculum in which children can freely express themselves and experience the wonderful gifts of the Arts - a curriculum that reaches far beyond the boundaries of a timetable. Through performance art, it is our aim to enrich the musical experiences of every child and to encourage freedom of expression, individual ability, and academic and pastoral development.
Our Performing Arts curriculum is carefully designed and woven into the tapestry of Dallington’s creative curriculum. As part of a topic-based curriculum, lessons and learning experiences are filtered down from what is being taught in regular class lesson, in order to deepen and enrich the experiences and knowledge of each Dallington child. Children receive three Performing Arts lessons per week (Music, Dance and Drama). The children also attend a weekly singing celebration assembly and children with special talents are invited each week to play their instruments or sing.
Given Dallington’s central London location, children experience Performing Arts through the lens of the leading institutions, practices, leading professionals and cultures readily available on Dallington’s doorstep. Links have been made with The Royal Opera House, The English National Opera, Pineapple Dance studios, The Globe Theatre and many musical ensembles and professionals at the top of their field, all of which run education outreach programmes allowing our children to experience different art forms up close. By getting outside the classroom to these world-class facilities, workshops and masterclasses, the pupil experience at Dallington is made relevant, exciting and contextualised to the real world around them. Contextual understanding encourages a specialism and curiosity in each child.
Children at Dallington experience the Performing Arts in many ways. The following is a list of ways in which our children are encouraged to engage in Performing Arts at Dallington in class and in extra-curricular classes:
Ukulele sessions and club
Choir (Transition Choir & Middle School Choir)
Dance & Transition Dance Club & Middle School Dance Club)
Private instrumental lessons
Termly recitals and showcase assemblies
Music Theory Club
It is our aim that gifted and talented children graduate from Dallington with a suitable ABRSM (or equivalent) Grade in their chosen instrument or music theory. Working closely with instrumental teachers and parents is essential in achieving this in the right way, in accordance with Dallington’s approach and ethos.