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04 October 2019

Head's Message Friday 4 October 2019

Heads Message Friday 4 October 2019

Aim High – Cross-curricular Links and Music Education at The Hampshire School Chelsea

It was wonderful to see so many members of our parent community at St Luke’s church for our annual Harvest Festival celebration. Furthermore, it was a lovely to receive so much positive feedback from you about the inspiring words from Brother Peter Tabichi, the Global Teacher Prize winner 2019.

I am very excited to share my thoughts and feelings about our unique educational provision in my very first Head’s blog. As a school, our Core Values of Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Community and Excellence are learnt through a constant stream of cross-curricular learning experiences and a teaching approach that encourages the development of the widest array of aptitudes and skills. Music at The Hampshire School Chelsea, under the leadership of Mrs King, is in harmony with the school’s Growth Mindset approach with its capacity to improve brain and social development in children, as well as relieving stress and promoting emotional well-being. In addition, when STEM becomes STEAM with the addition of the arts, science is a creative endeavour; poetry has rhythm, and art involves logic and maths, while the humanities sharpen pupils’ powers of analysis, the value of cross-curricular links is also a high priority.

The relationship between music and maths is an area of considerable research and there is no denying that learning to play a musical instrument relies on understanding concepts. We know that time signatures involve fractions and ratios and that music education is a great way to enhance the reading comprehension abilities of all children and provide pupils with a way to connect and build relationships. Through performances in assembly, preparation for special events such as the Harvest Festival and participation in musical ensembles, the music department and visiting music teachers encourage collaboration and independent learning. Learning an instrument teaches children to develop time management skills, perseverance, resilience and responsibility through regular practice and community performances which lead to excellence. It will therefore be no surprise that a topic for a ‘voting voice debate’ this term will be: “Should learning a music instrument be compulsory” and I look forward to hearing the pupils’ views and to discussing how we can incorporate their recommendations in our development planning at school. It is wonderful to witness such examples of the Pupil Voice Programme developing into pupil action with pupils of all ages having a say in the development of our school.

If your child is interested in learning a musical instrument, we have eleven talented visiting music teachers who teach the following range of instruments: strings, brass, piano, percussion (including drums), singing, guitar and woodwind. Please contact Mrs King, Director of Music, for further details.

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