RECEPTION & YR 1
Art, as well as being fun, helps to develop motor skills. Motions such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children.
In the art classes children will have the opportunity to work with various mixed media creating pieces such as collages, paintings and chalk work.
Singing has so many benefits. Learning the words helps to develop concentration by repeated use of the ‘memory muscle’ plus the actual process of singing releases endorphins so is a natural antidepressant.
Singing helps children’s memories. Practising musical patterns and rhythms helps form neurological pathways, with huge implications for children’s learning.
Singing in a choir at an early age helps develop self-esteem, studies have shown. Performing in front of people when the choir is fully prepared and confident imprints a powerful positive impression on the child.
Additionally, children can learn to express emotion through song and it is actually a workout – improving posture. Learn to sing and feel the joy!
The aim of music as an extra-curricular subject in our Enhanced Curriculum is to develop our children’s aesthetic judgement of different types of music and help children build social and cultural values.
Music contributes greatly to young people’s development and learning as well as its artistic and aesthetic values. It is well recognised that music can help to develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other national curriculum subjects. This includes listening skills, the ability to concentrate, creativity, intuitions, aesthetic sensitivity, perseverance, the ability to work in a group, self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.
There are many benefits of music and dance education that go hand-in-hand with their preparation for future endeavours for our children
- Enhanced language capabilities
Emerging evidence suggests the area of the brain controlling both musical ability and language comprehension are more related than previously thought. Music education requires children to recognize and repeat pitch, tone or enunciation of words.
- Improved memory
Music education involves a high level of memorization. Children must be able to read music by sight, play the proper notes on their instrument or recall lyrics. This process benefits the overall memory centre of the brain.
- Strengthened hand-eye coordination
Playing a musical instrument has long been known to enhance dexterity and hand-eye coordination.
- Powerful study habits
When children are exposed to proper music education they learn powerful study habits. Mastering their specific musical craft takes a concerted effort, consistent practice and patience. These disciplined habits translate into other areas of study.
Music is often thought of as a way to foster individual expression. While it definitely is that, music can also teach teamwork. Children work together to create a cohesive, technically correct performance. Together, they form a community of like-minded individuals who can help each other reach goals.
- Mental processing & problem-solving heightened
In the end, one of the most useful benefits of music education is the increased ability to process situations and find solutions mentally. Those with musical training have been found to have higher levels of grey matter volume in their brains, which are directly tied to auditory processing and comprehension.
Food preparation has become one of our most popular Enhanced Curriculum choices. However, in previous years we have focussed our food preparation classes on baking.
There is a wealth of other ways to prepare food – so this year we are going to include non-baking methods of food preparation from a variety of different cultures. These will include at least one each of: a delicious salad, a pasta dish, a rice dish, a type of sweet, and a dessert.
In the classes pupils learn to:
- Take precautions, such as wearing aprons and making sure the food surfaces are clean.
- Know that heat is a catalyst and matter can change state.
- Develop team work and taking turns with various tasks.
- Think for themselves, and be creative, trying new and exciting flavor combinations and seeing what works and what doesn’t. (The best cooks are those who have the courage to experiment.)
- Understand food hygiene rules.
Dance was a popular topic last year, so we are making it available again this year. In the lessons pupils learn new ways to move – thereby improving both co-ordination and memory skills.
The aim of the course is to use and explore the fundamentals of dance. It will help to improve posture, flexibility and balance. In learning specific dance moves it will also help to practice focus and allow an exploration into different types of music, as well as simply being fun.
Furthermore, movement combinations increase memory, order, and sequencing skills.
Dance also increases self-esteem which is so very important to learning. Utilizing dance in academics also helps children develop skills that are necessary for learning such as creativity, communication, critical thinking, and collaboration.
We have incorporated Yoga in our Enhanced Curriculum to use as a potential tool for children to deal with stress and regulate themselves. Yoga provides training of mind and body and helps bring emotional balance.
In this topic pupils will learn some gentle exercises and stretches similar to those studied in Yoga.
The poses they learn to hold will help to improve focus and concentration as well as promoting good physical and mental health.
The topic will also help build muscle strength and flexibility.
Benefits of yoga:
- helps children manage their anxiety
- improves children’s emotional regulation
- boosts children’s self-esteem
- increases children’s body awareness and mindfulness
- enhances children’s concentration and memory
- develops children’s strength and flexibility
Drama is another of our most popular topics. In learning drama we aim for your child to experience a variety of fun situations where they can have plenty of opportunities to develop the important early skills, such as:
- Social play
- Social interaction
- Language development
They will do this through games, role-play, paired and group tasks, the use of props and acting out scenes from familiar stories.