Expressive Arts

The inspiration and power of the arts play a vital role in enabling our children and young people to enhance their creative talent and develop their artistic skills.

By engaging in experiences within the expressive arts, children and young people will recognise and represent feelings and emotions, both their own and those of others. The expressive arts play a central role in shaping our sense of personal, social and cultural identity. Learning in the expressive arts also plays an important role in supporting children and young people to recognise and value the variety and vitality of culture locally, nationally and globally.

One of the main purposes of learning in the expressive arts is to develop lifelong appreciation of, and participation in, expressive arts and cultural activities.

Curriculum for Excellence

Expressive Arts is the area of the curriculum which covers Art, Music, Drama and PE. These areas allow pupils to express themselves creatively. Many of these areas of interest follow pupils through life. Therefore Expressive Arts and Mental Wellbeing have close links.

We try to extend and expand their experiences by working alongside professional art companies, such as The Highland Print Studio, the Art Bus, Eden Court Theatre, Féis Rois, the Youth Music Initiative, and the Active Schools’ Co-ordinator.

The Active Schools’ Co-ordinator is keen to give people the skills to run their own clubs. If you think that you would like to help run an after-school club, the co-ordinator is based at Glen Urquhart High School (01456) 459227.

We are also eager to encourage parents and friends of the school who have a talent in this area to support the school. From time to time we will combine our efforts in all these areas and have a school production or concert. We hold an annual sports day in June.

We make use of the multi-use games area which is an all-weather pitch. Our PE teacher, Mrs B Campbell train pupils in Cross-Country Running, and Athletics. From time to time we have a school Cross-Country and Athletics team. Football tournaments are often organised by the Active Schools’ Co-ordinator or PE teacher and there is a badminton club run by Mr Peers. If you are willing to help out please contact the school.

Some children have had the chance to try Golf, Rugby and Cricket. All pupils in P6/7 children attend swimming lessons in Inverness for a block of eight weeks during the school year, which we are hoping will also be available to the younger classes in the near future. The cost of the transport is heavily subsidised by Parent Council funding or School Fund.

Children in P5 can learn to play the violin or cello with Mrs Porter, the visiting strings specialist and brass instruments with Mrs Hook. In addition, all pupils from P5 upwards will have some experience of learning to play the tin whistle with a tutor from Féis Rois who comes for six-week blocks.