At St. Joseph’s, we believe strongly in the importance of arts in education. We know that using the arts in education is a great way to foster transferable skills and boost overall academic achievement, leading to better future work opportunities, enhanced well-being and self-esteem.
Arts education develops children who are self driven and motivated. It teaches children to learn for the experience of learning and not just for the grade. Involvement in the arts teaches children how to try new things, manage risk, and handle failure.
All pupils at St Joseph’s are offered weekly Speech and Drama lessons as part of our curriculum. The lessons are a great way of building children’s confidence and developing public speaking skills; it is a fun and interactive way of learning.
Children in Pre-prep and Reception explore their imagination using a wide range of improvisation games and exercises. For example, the children look at poetry and begin to develop memory skills by remembering a poem each week. For older children, the focus is on improvisation activities and building skills in sight reading.
The school also offers LAMDA examinations, which are worked towards throughout the lessons.
Children are also offered the opportunity to take part in weekly ballet and jazz lessons.