Expressive Arts in Primary Department

Expressive arts encompasses music, drama, dance and art. These subjects are an essential part of the curriculum and help to develop creativity, imagination and critical thinking, as well as offering opportunities for performance and self-expression. In Craigmarloch, teachers and staff will use a variety of approaches, including multi-sensory exploration and the use of technology within lessons to best suit the diverse needs of our young people.

Children in the Primary department attend specialist lessons with a music teacher twice a week. These are carefully planned to suit our learners’ needs, including the use of assistive technology to ensure all young people can take part. Children are given the opportunity to create and perform music in a safe environment and enjoy trying a variety of instruments. Older primary children can join the Red Hot Rock Stars Choir, this is open and accessible to all through use of Makaton signing and singing. In the past the choir has performed at a number of local events and competitions, as well as school celebrations. P7 pupils have enjoyed participating in the SoundStart programme, learning to read some musical notation and experience playing brass instruments as part of an ensemble.

Art and Design 

​Art is used to create, express, and communicate ideas across the curriculum in the Primary department. Our children are given the freedom to explore and discover ways to create images and objects with a variety of materials, in a way that is meaningful to them. Learners will be introduced to famous works of art and encouraged to share their opinions, as well as providing inspiration for their own work.  Pupils are given the opportunity to display their artwork throughout the year, allowing them to share in success and praise, as
well as taking pride in their abilities.


Drama provides a wonderful opportunity for our learners to explore real and imaginary situations, helping them to understand and make sense of their world. In our most complex learners this could be through use of sensory stories and experiences, developing new vocabulary and sensations. In other classes, drama is a perfect way to explore new and unfamiliar situations in a safe environment, by using role play or a book or text. Drama is especially important in developing the imagination and interest of our young people.

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