Sport & Physical Education
Etonhouse Lodge is committed to providing opportunities for every pupil to experience and enjoy physical education, critically ensuring the programme is rewarding for pupils of all abilities. Sport and physical activity provide an excellent platform to develop communication, independence, the capacity to problem solve and ability to work as a part of a team.
The NCE programmes of study for PE include:
*Swimming: weekly lessons, two terms out of three from Nursery upwards
The learning experienced in PE is linked closely to that explored in science to ensure children develop a healthy lifestyle and understand how their bodies work.
Teachers and carers monitor every child’s physical development according to two key aspects: “Moving & Handling” and “Health & Self Care”.
Every child develops at their own pace and our teachers are skilled in supporting this development. There are many opportunities for our youngest children to develop their physical skills including:
- Kinder music and movement lessons
- Free play / Guided play
- Art/creative & construction activities
- Outdoor play
- Other field trips
Our aim is to create independence in our children so that as they grow they are able to move safely and care for themselves.
We believe that students have a voice and a contribution to make to our school. It is important that they be given the opportunity to express their views on issues of concern to them in the school. It is equally important that they are listened to and encouraged to take an active part in promoting the aims and objectives of the school. We aim to achieve this through open dialogue and the formation of a Student Council.
A Student Council is a representative structure through which students in schools can become involved in the affairs of the school, working in partnership with school management, teachers and parents for the benefit of the school and its students.
A Student Council provides an opportunity for students to engage in a structured partnership with teachers, parents and school managers in the operation of their school. Research indicates that Student Councils can improve language and reasoning skills, raise academic standards and promote internationalism.
The establishment of a Student Council gives students an opportunity to acquire the sort of communication, planning and organisational skills which will be of benefit to them in their future lives.
Student Council will initiate ideas for improvement, provide feedback on teaching and learning and the curriculum, engage in charity events, develop internationalism and have involvement in decisions which affect them.
Music is an integral part of the EtonHouse curriculum; it abounds throughout the school on a daily basis. Music is a unique and universal language and a very important part of the education on offer at EHPS.
All pupils receive an exciting and varied classroom music programme, based on the NCE programmes of study.
They are taught to:
- Perform, listen and evaluate music across a range of genres and historical periods
- Sing and use their voices to create and compose music, individually and in groups.
- Explore how music is created through the dimensions of pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, texture, structure and notation.
Our Music Academy enables every child to learn to play an musical instrument through individual and group tuition. The Academy includes opportunities for children to participate in:
Groups and ensembles, Musical Composition, Music Technology, Choir and Chamber Choir, Band Programme and Music Awards Programme.
3 Facets of Music Programme
Pupils from Years 4 – 8 have the opportunity to be involved in a band programme where they choose to learn a woodwind (clarinet, flute or saxophone), brass (trumpet, trombone or tuba) or un-tuned/tuned percussion (marimba) instrument in a classroom setting.
This is an instructional class where students learn pitches, note values and rhythms together with their classmates. Children enjoy the social aspects of the band ensemble while rehearsing and performing.
All children are encouraged to participate in the vast array of music groups offered such as: choir, band, orchestra, chamber ensembles and rock groups. They will also have the opportunity to perform at Music Festivals, Concerts, Drama Productions, Music Assemblies, Prizegivings, Competitions and other special events throughout the year.
Highly qualified music tutors provide one on one or group lessons (2 students per class) on instruments which include: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, euphonium, violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, voice and advanced theory. Students also have the chance to sit Royal Schools of Music Examinations, as well as performing as a soloist at various musical events.
EtonHouse Lodge encourages every child to learn an instrument. Playing an instrument is enjoyable, develops children’s confidence and self-discipline, provides a sense of achievement, and allows children to express themselves through their instrument.
You can view our EtonHouse Lodge Music Academy brochure from the following links below.
Drama inevitably allows pupils to build their communication skills, self-confidence and develop an awareness and appreciation of the world around them. All children have formal Drama lessons and each child is encouraged to explore and develop their own interests and artistic strengths.
During drama lessons, children experience high levels of enjoyment and creativity as they explore ways of communicating with an audience through a variety of means. Learning in drama is closely linked to that in English and literacy lessons.
Drama at EHPS and Lodge occurs in many situations including role play in class, assemblies, presentations and during productions and musical recitals.
Art ensures that at EHPS and Lodge, creativity has no boundaries. Art learning focuses on skills and processes to enable students to explore a variety of media and genres to create visual art. In these lessons teachers ensure that they help children to stimulate their imagination, encouraging self-expression and creativity.