Learning at Norland

Creative Norland

Everyday there is something different which takes us out of our classrooms and into a whole new world.

Molly, Year 6

Music

Music is regarded as an essential part of every child’s education at Norland Place. The department plays a prominent role in the life of the school with each class receiving two music lessons a week from our Director of Music. Timetabled music is further enhanced through a wide range of choirs, orchestras and ensembles which are available to children across the school and which rehearse and perform regularly.

An array of recietals and musical performances punctuate the school year and range from formal events such as the annual Harvest Festival and School Carol concert to informal individual concerts for specific year groups.

Private Individual Instrumental Lessons

Two thirds of our pupils take individual music lessons in a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar and singing as well as strings and woodwind instruments.

Private individual instrumental tuition can be arranged for children in Year 1 and above, and singing for Year 4 and above, through the Director of Music.

Art

At Norland Place Art is taught by specialist teachers from an early age.

Pupils are instructed in a wide range of media, including painting and drawing, printing, clay work, sculpture, graphic design, textiles (batik, weaving, screen printing, sewing) mixed media & collage, papier mâché etc. Children also undertake design and technology projects each year. 

Each year some of Norland’s most exceptional artists apply for scholarships at top independent schools across the country.

We are ideally located to offer an extensive program of trips to galleries and exhibitions in central London thus further enhancing the children’s learning.

Drama

We recognise the many benefits that drama brings, principally to develop a child’s confidence and their interpersonal and performance skills. 

Drama lessons feature in every child’s timetable. Opportunities for performance start in the earliest days of a pupil’s Norland career taking the form of class assemblies in The Charter Hall and The Lower Years’ Nativity production. These performances increase in scale and demand as children progress through the school, with full year group productions in Year 3 and Year 6 and an Upper Years’ musical staged every two years. 

Opportunities to develop public speaking and skills are provided through the participation of all children in the annual Hooper Poetry Cup (Lower Years) and Reading Cup (Upper Years) competitions, as well as a LAMDA club and a Debating club.

Ballet

A hugely popular part of life in the Lower Years is our provision of ballet which is available to all children in Reception through to Year 3. Our offering is provided by Chelsea Ballet Schools who teach preschool dance, classical ballet, modern dance and tap.

In addition to Chelsea Ballet’s gifted teachers, almost all classes are accompanied by one of a professional pianist.

Chelsea Ballet Schools has a strong Mission Statement that seeks to enhance the lives of children through dance.