At Emmanuel we like to develop the children’s creative ability as well as their academic abilities. Being a small school, all the children take part in our end of term celebrations through readings, poems or songs. The children also have the opportunity to extend their skills in drama as they all have the opportunity to perform in our school plays.
Music is an important part of life at Emmanuel School. Each day begins with lively worship through music in assembly and as the day moves on, you might hear the nursery singing at the tops of their voices, the school choir practising for a competition or a class working together to create their own piece of music. All the important festivals are marked with a whole school musical performance.
In addition, there’s a high uptake of different instrumental lessons offered. We are able to offer various instrumental lessons to children from Year 2, including brass (trumpet, French horn etc) flute, clarinet and recorder. The children enjoy the focussed challenge of working towards music medals and grade exams, and their ability to balance creativity with discipline is impressive. The staff are supportive and encouraging, creating regular opportunities for the children to perform in ensembles and as soloists. The children set themselves high standards and their confidence and maturity in performances is striking when they reach the required standard.
Keeping healthy is important and at Emmanuel we like the children to develop their skills which they can transfer to a variety of sports. In Autumn we develop ball skills (passing, marking, scoring etc) through football, rugby, netball and hockey. The children also go to Queen’s Leisure Centre for a term and have swimming lessons, as well as to Derby City Gym where the children have trampoline lessons and gymnastics. During the summer term we use local recreation grounds for athletics and rounders. The skills they learn through PE; good sportsmanship, working together and abiding by the rules are all invaluable for later life.