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Learning through the creative arts

Posted on: 16 Oct 2019 by Weston Green School

One of the great joys of my role is to take prospective parents around our school, to share with them the ethos and values that make our school the special place it is to learn and grow. Whilst visiting classrooms parents are often most interested in the extended and enriched provision that is such a core offer at Weston Green. It is always wonderful to hear that parents do indeed value the importance of the enriched curriculum through the creative arts and sciences and the impact these can have.

Despite the drive to demonstrate achievements, attainment and results, and the pressure this often places on schools to narrow the curriculum with the aim of achieving ever higher, the research continues to counter this. Evidence continually demonstrates that learning in the creative arts will enrich our children’s experiences, and facilitate communication and understanding, as well as the shared interest needed to sustain our complex society.  We already know this, don't we?

We know as teachers that learning in the arts not only enriches lives and broadens the mindset but also creates and develops skills that support learning. Children display long-term positive results from playing musical instruments such as reduced stress, increased productivity and enhanced memory, improved creativity, as well as a sense of achievement, confidence and patience. 

Einstein once said; 

“Life without playing music is inconceivable to me. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music...I get most joy in life out of music”. 

And as it turns out, Einstein was onto something: many studies show a correlation between musical training and academic success, in both children and adults. Learning to play an instrument stimulates the brain, improving functions like memory and abstract reasoning skills, which are essential for maths and science.

The same can be said for the whole spectrum of creative arts; they benefit our learning power and capacity to achieve in so many ways.

Above all however they are fun, enjoyable and enable us to join with others in playing.  While other hobbies like watching TV or flicking through social media are passive, the creative arts actively engage and stimulate the brain, making you feel happy and occupied.

It makes me incredibly proud that Weston Green has participation in the creative arts as a non-negotiable part of what we do. As a result of this, our pupils are broad-minded, appreciative and equipped with crucial skills that form part of their lifelong journey of learning.

Mrs. Evans

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