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Expressive Arts

The 'Arts' curriculum at Cathedral School inspires the highest forms of human creativity. It is central to the work that we do.

Embedded in our Arts curriculum we offer a rich and engaging range of learning activities.  Starting with EYFS, children are immersed in a variety of sensory experiences such as drawing, art, imaginary worlds, music and singing.  Children are free to express themselves and encouraged to pursue activities that interest them and develop skills.  In addition we also offer a number of extra-curricular opportunities in the Arts which are enthusiastically taken up by children across the school. In KS1 and 2 children experience the Arts as separate and cross curricular learning experiences. The curriculum provides access for all students including those who are gifted and talented and those who need additional support.  Differentiation is achieved in different ways; through input, outcome or activity.  We ensure that the curriculum is inclusive of all students, their cultures and those in our local and wider area.  We recognise students’ strengths and nurture these in different ways.

Visual Arts

Children practise and enhance their art and design skills through lessons using different media; learning about art and craft techniques and building an understanding and appreciation of the world of artists and designers. 

To see our progression of skills for Art click here


Music is a real strength of our school. All children take part in a music lesson each week, taught by a specialist teacher, Mrs Elcock. There is a good range of individual and group lessons available.

The school orchestra and choirs meet weekly. 

To see our progression of skills for Music click here


 Drama and Dance

For Drama and Dance children participate in weekly lessons with visiting drama professionals and also use dramatic techniques in Literacy and other subjects e.g. paintings of settings and story boxes in Literacy, making religious artefacts in RE.  Children also perform Dance in class assemblies and school productions e.g. the annual Year 6 musical.  Any child that wants to participate is guaranteed a role in their chosen area, be it performing, back stage, sound and lighting or designing and making the scenery.


To see our progression of skills for Dance click here

"The expressive arts enrich all areas of the curriculum, teach the children to be resourceful and imaginative, and they provide other ways for children to express their ideas and learning."