Arts

Many studies have concluded that children who participate in performing arts enjoy improved performance in their academic subjects; confidence gained in one area tends to spill out into other areas of learning. The main point, however, is that we enjoy creative subjects!

At KC Prep, pupils from Nursery to Year 6, enjoy drama and music as part of their weekly curriculum. They all have regular opportunities to perform in class, class assemblies and Christmas productions with performances from Year 1 held in the Countess of Wessex Theatre.

Drama

Drama is important to building well rounded creative young individuals who have the confidence to take on challenges. Drama lessons are an encouraging space where students can develop confidence to express themselves and share their creative ideas. The curriculum is designed to develop transferable skills including communication, cooperation, creativity, emotional understanding and empathy.

Pupils can take Speech and Drama lessons, where they work towards both Vanguard and LAMDA exams, exploring different genres of poetry performance, acting and mime.

Music

Music is very much at the heart of life at Kent College Prep and is studied by from Nursery through to Year 6. Pupils receive two dedicated music lessons per week and many are involved in the numerous music clubs, choirs, orchestra and other instrumental ensembles. The benefits of music education are vast with research showing that the study of music contributes positively to the development of children’s brains, increasing their IQ and ability to problem solve.

Music teaching incorporates tasks in listening and appraising, performance and composition. Pupils are encouraged to use subject specific terminology to appraise music and study a range of musical genres from different aspects of music history and world music.

The 'Music for All’ ethos at the school means that everyone is able to join a music club and can be involved in assemblies and major events. There are opportunities for pupils to learn a wide range of instruments through peripatetic music lessons delivered by visiting specialist teachers.

Termly concerts and annual performances provide opportunities for all Prep pupils and they are often joined by musicians from the Senior School and visiting professional musicians. Pupils from Years 5 and 6 are invited to take part in the annual Senior School production.