Expressive Arts in Junior School

Expressive arts in our Junior School encompasses a diverse range of creative disciplines, such as music, visual arts, and drama fostering a holistic approach to education.

“It gives her tremendous confidence having older strong girl role models in the orchestra and encourages her to set her targets high.”

Music is a core component of life in our Edinburgh Junior School, and we take pride in making it inclusive and practical for everyone, regardless of experience. We have our own music facilities and access to our renowned Robertson Music Centre. With two weekly music lessons taught by dedicated Junior School music teachers, each class enjoys a comprehensive music education.

The Junior School Music specialist teacher introduces all students to the excitement and challenges of the subject, providing students with the skills they need to create and understand the language of music.

Ensembles in the Junior School include:

  • Primary Strings (P4-P5)
  • Junior School Choir (P3-P5)
  • Junior School Guitar Ensemble (P3-5)
  • Junior School Recorder Group (P4-P5)

Girls can also take individual music lessons and learn one or more musical instruments to explore and develop their musical abilities further and taster lessons are made available to all students.

A range of instruments are used for music making in lessons and Music Play software is available to children to develop their skills in using music technology.

Performance opportunities include Performance Platforms, musicals in each year group, Junior School Winter and Summer Concerts and more. 

Drama is offered in the curriculum at all levels throughout the school and lessons are delivered by a drama specialist. Musical theatre is a popular choice in our activities programme. In Junior School lessons develop basic skills in role play and characterisation encouraging pupils to reflect on the world around them through the situations they are in and the roles they play.

Art is offered in the curriculum at all levels throughout the school and lessons in some years are delivered by an art specialist. Art club is a popular choice in our activities programme.

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