Singing in Harmony
Developing our creative curriculum offer is an ongoing process in school. We are very fortunate to have a staff full of people with varying interests and the enthusiasm to want to explore different ways of engaging and inspiring our pupils. Underpinning all of that is understanding that we need to ensure the emotional health and well being of our pupils is nurtured.
A great example of how these things all come together is the work we are undertaking with The Schools Arts Trust. Yesterday Jack Pierce was in school working with Year 2 and Year 5 delivering singing workshops in preparation for 'The Big Sing' event later this term - details will follow after half term. Following the pupil workshops Jack did an additional session with teaching staff to develop their skills. Not only did pupils and staff learn a lot about singing and how to create the best sound the feel good factor was high. People felt positive, happy and inspired by the day. Click on the Short Wood Tree to see a glimpse of the teachers singing in harmony.
Inspired by the work on diversity and Anti Bullying Amna in Class 12 has written a beautiful poem.
I am pretty like a princess,
I am busy like a bee,
I am proud because I am me.
We are all different
but that is OK.
What matters is the nice things we say.
I like to write.
I like Maths too.
But what's most important are the things we do.
Amna Class 12
Every day in every class we are practising Calm Brain. Calm Brain is about taking time to focus and develop the ability to regulate our feeling and emotional state. Movements set to music are practised and the results are powerful. Pupils are showing a more settled focus manner towards their learning and many report 'just feeling calm'. We are working with Dr Sarah Taylor, a Clinical Psychologist, to embed this whole school approach with the aim of equipping all Short Woodies with valuable skills to find their own calm state that they can develop to support all aspects of their life.
Overall School: 96.6% - Every day counts!