The Arts, Forest School and Sport

Music

All year groups have a music lesson each week. Singing is a strong feature of the school. In the final summer term of Year 2 and onward the girls are given the opportunity to learn to play the recorder – each girl needs an Aulos recorder and Recorder Magic Book 1. In this way, every child learns to read music and many go on to take up an additional instrument.

Drama

At the end of the academic year the junior department puts on a production, staged at the Senior School. The production is performed on two evenings and all girls are expected to attend. Year 6 girls take on the lead roles, while other
year groups support the singing.

Forest School

Forest School is part of the curriculum. We encourage the girls to be outside in all weathers, so it is really important that the girls wear layers and are warm. Kindergarten and Prep pupils have a Forest School session each week; girls in other year groups have one afternoon Forest School session for one term of the year.

PE

PE is an important part of the curriculum and girls should have the correct PE kit in school at all times. Please see the uniform list and ensure that all kit is named. Each class swims for one term at First Strokes swimming pool, across the road from the school. Pupils are expected to wear the correct swimwear – a black swimsuit, swim hat and googles.

The girls may join the netball club from Year 3 upwards. An additional weekly netball squad session is provided (by invitation) for girls in Years 5 and 6. Netball matches are arranged against in competition with other local independent schools and schools in the Colchester Primary League.

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