At Eagley Juniors we place a high value on a broad, balanced curriculum which includes a strong element of creativity. Creative Arts includes Art, elements of Design Technology, Drama and Music. These are not considered to be “extras”. They are worthy to be studied in their own right, but also provide the foundation for an interest in a career in industries such as theatre and film-making, industrial design, architecture, fashion and music which are an important part of our country’s economic well-being.
Our Art curriculum aims to give children a grounding in a variety of techniques in painting and drawing, sculpture, textiles, printing and digital media. As children become more skilled, there are opportunities to extend their skills in, for example, Art Club or Sculpture Club, or making jewellery and greetings cards in lunchtime clubs.
Design Technology is closely linked to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) project being led by Sharples High School. Children work from a design brief to research, design, build and test prototypes and finally create a variety of finished products.
We are fortunate to enjoy the services of a Drama specialist who works with children for blocks of time during each year. In Year 3 and Year 6 the children’s work results in a public performance with professional lighting and sound systems. The value of Drama, though, is in developing those “soft” skills of confidence, articulacy and team-working which are prized so highly in the workplace and in social situations. Many children go on to join theatre groups in their own time, and some continue to work professionally in this field.
Music is a very important part of our school culture. We have very strong links with Bolton Music Service whose staff, in partnership with our very skilled Music specialist, work with classes and groups of children on a wide variety of instruments. In Year 3 all children will learn to play djembe drums. In Year 4 all children will learn to play the clarinet. Children with an interest in other instruments have the option of paying for tuition on string (violin, cello or guitar), woodwind (clarinet, flute) or brass instruments (trombone, trumpet, tenor horn). The lessons are subsidised in part by the school to encourage children to participate. Currently around a quarter of our children take instrumental lessons. We also have an excellent choir who are often asked to perform at local events.