Putting Arts at the Heart of Education

The arts are uniquely valuable in life and in the development of our children. The study and exploration of art, drama, music and design help to hone skills that test beliefs, build knowledge and develop confidence. They offer practical, creative activities and are often sited as a springboard for curiosity and enquiry while inspiring young children to keep learning and questioning. 

Despite this, we are seeing schools in the UK, being forced to reduce their opportunities in the arts. Mostly to budget constraints and a narrow focus on numeracy and literacy. 

But is it possible to do it all? To celebrate the arts and also have excellent results in English and Maths? Claire Murdoch, the Head Teacher of Faraday Prep, thinks it is. She suggests that the two can go hand in hand to deliver a stimulating and innovative curriculum. Allowing our children to step into the next decade with all the skills they need to achieve.

Faraday Prep finds itself settled within a uniquely creative and inspirational environment. From the rooftop playground you have spectacular views across the river Thames, with cable cars to your left, dome straight ahead and the City to the right. And beneath this, you can look out upon Trinity Buoy Wharf; a vibrant, eclectic East London dock filled with small businesses, entrepreneurs and artists. 

So the wharf itself is a treasure trove for Faraday, and the school has used their fortunate position to develop their curriculum in the arts and sciences. After all, one of the most influential British scientists, Michael Faraday, worked there 200 years ago using the lighthouse as his workshop, conducting experiments that later formed the foundation of modern electromagnetic technology.

As a school, Faraday prides itself on its links with the community and there is always something new and exciting happening in collaboration with their neighbours. Right now, the children are making shields in a studio over the road in response to the ancient Shield of Achilles. Once finished, their shields will be displayed alongside an Italian artist, Dominique Pinchi, who has brought over his seven-metre papier-mâché sculpture from Venice to exhibit in London. 

The children are also preparing to create a large-scale artwork based on The Battle of San Romano by Paolo Uccello, as part of the Take One Picture Project at the National Gallery, using recycled materials from the neighbourhood. As you can see, there is always something afoot!

 “The children thrive at Faraday because we know them so well, and we can tailor the curriculum and experiences to their needs. In partnership with parents, we can work together to ensure the children are challenged, engage and inspired to learn. They leave us able to take risks and persevere but also with a true sense of joy in finding out new you in vs and the rewards of hard work.” 

Claire Murdoch, Head, Faraday Prep.

 Open days – go and see what Faraday is like in action!

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 See how Faraday Prep’s ArtsMark journey is developing…

See the children’s Shield of Achilles project