The London Acorn School is a culturally and artistically rich environment for children to learn within.
Teachers teach to the whole child, head, heart, and hands and each lesson is revealed in a three-fold manner: through the intellectual capacities, artistic and emotional capacities , and practical skill-building capacities .
At TLAS the integration of the arts into all academic disciplines throughout the education is evident. This encourages the pupils’ emotional engagement with their learning, as well as develops their imagination and freedom of thinking, and instils aesthetic appreciation.
Pupils work in a wide variety of techniques, including painting, and drawing, sculpture, pottery, woodwork and handwork. Our wonderful Woodwork room is a haven of industrial activity and creativity. Pupils from our Kindergarten classes onwards have lessons in this workshop. The art galleries and workshops within Morden Hall Park provide the school with the option to display artwork, organise visits and workshops.
Music is integral to a full creative and holistic curriculum and its ability to raise academic standards is now becoming increasingly documented.
Singing forms a key element of the daily rhythm for our younger pupils. The pupils learn songs related to the topics they are studying or that reflect the season. They progress from singing in unison to four part rounds and harmonies. Singing is a part of the fabric of TLAS and children can be heard around Morden Cottage singing as they move between lessons. The impact of this on the wellbeing and happiness of the pupils is evident.
All pupils in Lower School are taught to play the recorder and TLAS has developed a relationship with Merton Music Foundation to also offer exciting musical projects on a carousel project.
Drama is a medium that can empower children on an individual level as well as encourage greater social cohesion as a class. All pupils work on and perform pieces that range from fairy stories to Shakespeare. Performances take place in Morden Hall Park and in the garden attached to Morden Cottage.
TLAS has developed strong partnerships with local London theatres and creative institutions in London to provide the widest experience and educational opportunities for all our children