At St Helens, music is an integral part of our dynamic environment. We aim to ensure that music is fully embedded in every aspect of school life and our aspiration is that every child adopts a lifelong love of music. We believe that the opportunity to engage in musical experiences is crucial for the development of the whole child. Learning music develops all aspects of a child’s learning, from the physical action of using an instrument to the mathematical skills needed to keep a pulse. These abilities are directly transferable to other areas of the curriculum, allowing them to flourish, and will be invaluable in their future life.
At our school, children have access to music through regular classroom activities, through collective worship and formal music lessons, as well as extra opportunities including after school clubs and wider performance opportunities within the community.
Through playing, singing, creating and performing, children will develop confidence, communication, thinking and creative skills and improve their emotional well-being. In addition, as these activities utilise both sides of the brain, it will foster connections which will improve memory and coordination. The skills involved in playing and listening to music will also help learners develop the self-esteem, self-discipline, cooperation, creativity, and self-motivation necessary for success. Children will find that music is enjoyable and relaxing which will help reduce stress and helps to instil mindfulness. All children will be able to experience a sense of achievement and develop aspirations in the creative arts field.