A Different Kind of Resolution
As we enter a New Year, much conversation centres around resolutions that people make. Many seem to emanate from a possible overindulgence during the festive period and a desire to take action to remedy this. Frequently this takes the form of an improved diet, restriction of certain foods - chocolate and cakes seem to be the most popular! - and a desire to become more physically fit.
Time - the most precious commodity
How many times do we use or hear the expression, “I haven’t got enough time!”? I have even asked my PA to see if she could possibly find a way of building a couple of extra hours into my day to complete the tasks I need to get done! The life of an adult in the 21st century is one of moving from activity to activity at breakneck speed, but can you imagine what it will be like when our children reach adulthood - for me that is a scary proposition!
Food for thought
It is a well-known fact that one of the most important considerations for us all is a 'balanced-diet'. The children learn this through the curriculum, both in Science and PSHE, understanding what constitutes '1 of your 5 a day' and the difference between carbohydrate and protein, for example. This extends further where discussion topics centre about the importance of Omega-3 oils and which fish contain the most. One of the most debated topics is the importance of fruit and vegetables, with many sources in the media expressing concern that children do not consume sufficient quantities of these food groups. It has been well documented that certain aspects of your diet can stimulate cognitive development whilst others can inhibit. So, ensuring there is a balance is key, particularly during a child's formative years.
Can Music and Sport really mix?
Over my teaching career, I have worked in many schools and there has always been the perennial problem of Music versus Sport. If a rehearsal is scheduled at the same time as a team practice, which takes priority? Both play such a vital part in a child's development and it is undoubtedly unfair of teachers to ask them to choose. This is why here at The Croft we have it spot on!
Confidence in children is, without doubt, one of the fundamental building blocks to success. I am frequently impressed with how at ease the children appear to be on the stage, an experience many adults would find uncomfortable – me included!
Whether they are performing in a Class Assembly, playing a musical instrument, reading from the Bible, or collecting a certificate, the pupils exude an air of confidence I wish I had when I was their age. When I chat with the children about what it feels like to be on the stage, they all express how much fun they have had performing to their audience. Just this morning, 3H’s Assembly on Makaton had the children singing an unaccompanied song to an audience of approximately 400 people!