Throughout a girl’s time in both the Prep and Pre-Prep at Oxford High School, she can expect to take part in a huge array of creative activities, covering everything from 3D modelling to dramatic performance.
Music is highly valued in the Prep and Pre-Prep. We want every girl to enjoy, participate in and appreciate a wide genre of music. Classroom music is a fun and practical experience. Live music is delivered by visiting performers, or through outside trips, and introduces the girls to a diverse palette of influences.
Music is taught by specialist staff from Reception upwards. Singing is integrated into the curriculum and, in Years 5 and 6, the Chamber Choir performs in local and GDST competitions. Individual instrumental lessons are taught from Year 3, with small group recorder from Year 2.
Every girl is encouraged to participate in one of our many ensembles, as soon as she is able, choosing from a programme that includes two orchestras, wind ensemble, junior strings, clarinet group, advanced strings and guitar group, with many opportunities for performance throughout the year as singers or instrumentalists. All girls take part in autumn, Christmas and summer concerts, as well as performing in their own year group show. Girls also have the opportunity to sit ABRSM exams in school often achieving at least Grade 4 or 5 before they leave.
In their studies of art, girls at Oxford High Prep are given the choice to experience a wide variety of media and equipment. They are encouraged to learn new techniques across this expressive subject too. Girls across all year groups explore mark-making, 3D work and painting.
All art projects are underpinned by contextual studies, both traditional and contemporary. The emphasis is on experimenting with media, images and free expression. The girls may all start at the same point when the project is initially delivered, but are encouraged to take their projects down an individual route.
This expressive and creative subject is taught by experienced teachers from the Prep and EYFS team. Drama and performances on stage are a key part of life at OHS Prep School. The girls develop great confidence and thoroughly enjoy performing in plays, musicals and assemblies – to peers and parents alike.
A wide variety of dramatic performances happen over the course of the year. These are varied and wide ranging from Year 5’s ‘Play in 3 Days’ to Reception’s unforgettable Nativity. There are also external visitors alongside trips to the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.