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Music and Performing Arts

The arts give children a creative outlet to explore and express their emotions, affording them ways of coping with life’s challenges. They can help in reducing stress, building resilience, raising self-esteem and developing social skills. The arts can make a powerful contribution to a child’s health and wellbeing.’ 

Cultural Learning Alliance 2018

‘An arts-rich education contributes to the development of all aspects of a child’s powers and personality; a school that is rich in the arts enhances the life chances of a child.’  

Cultural Learning Alliance, 2018

Learning music, dance and drama has wide-reaching benefits for children, providing them with the tools to think creatively, innovate and appreciate diverse cultures and backgrounds.

Our aim at Michael Faraday is to nurture cooperative, confident and motivated students through their exposure to and experience of the Arts. We also want to build a true connection to the world through learning new skills, cultivating self-expression and experiencing a sense of purpose and enjoyment.

Why do we teach Music?

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity – it is a key part of our lives and therefore we recognise its value at Michael Faraday. We believe it offers children something that is emotional, imaginative and fun.

We also teach music to:

  • Develop creativity: It builds imagination and self-confidence.
  • Improve academics: Music helps the body and the mind work together. Research has shown that it develops areas of the brain that pertain to language and reasoning. Learning songs can improve children’s memory skills.
  • Develop children socially, culturally and spiritually: Music teaches children a variety of cultures and helps people to connect. Children are naturally very social, and it's important to encourage them to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with each other.

Music has high status at Michael Faraday.  We have chosen to invest in specialist teachers from Southwark Music Service to teach across all year groups so that that our students receive the best possible teaching of this subject.  We ensure that our children experience the interrelated processes of exploring sounds, performing, composing, improvising and singing.

Why do we give children opportunities to do Drama?

Drama encourages the children to think and act creatively, thus developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills that can be applied in all areas of learning. Through drama, children are encouraged to take responsible roles and make choices – to participate in and guide their own learning.

In addition to our amazing school performances at various points during the year, we hold weekly Drama After School club run by the Blue Elephant Theatre.

What do we teach?

We ensure that our children develop an appreciation for music from a wide range of cultures, contexts and from different times. Along with voice, our children learn to play and explore both tuned and non-tuned instruments including body percussion, ukulele, percussion and recorder.

In addition to music and drama opportunities in class and our amazing school performances at various points during the year, we hold weekly Drama After School club run by the Blue Elephant Theatre.

Click on the link below to see the curriculum overview for Music and Performing Arts