Kingsdown School, Academy Trust Special School, in Southend


The Art Stories sessions, led by Ali Ward, HLTA are designed for pupils to work in small groups experimenting with various way to create art and stories. They are not target based sessions, they are pupil led to help each pupil develop confidence in expressing themselves through art and storytelling.

  • Story

    In these sessions pupils build drawing skills by drawing different objects. From this starting point they develop characters and a story. Last year the children completed their own storybooks which were on display at Waterstone’s Bookshop. This year they are making a story about themselves; what they look like, where they live, what makes them happy and what gives them ‘butterflies in their tummies’.

    These are examples of fine drawing exercises and self-portraits.

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  • Sound

    The sound based sessions involve listening to and tracking sounds and handling noisy objects to help the pupils actively participate for longer in a group activity.

    These sessions are proving to be very useful for encouraging engagement and communication. Call and response activities have developed into conversations using instruments, vocalisations and many smiles.

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  • Support with Vision

    These sessions are to help pupils who need some support with their vision to discover activities they enjoy and build confidence to express personal choice in a noisy group environment.

    This year these sessions have developed in a similar way to the sound sessions using many instruments and noisy objects to find favourite noises to use in conversations with other children and the HLTA.

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