Archive for February, 2014

School takes musical approach to improving grades

by Olivia Paterson 
Pupils at Queen’s Hill Primary School. Photo: ITV News Anglia
A school in Norwich is using music to improve their pupils’ grades in all subjects. Since it opened, Queen’s Hill Primary School has grown fast, from 29 to more than 300 pupils within six years. The children come from varied backgrounds and some struggle academically. The education watchdog Ofsted recently found that while teaching is good, grades do need to improve. That’s where the music comes in. Staff believe it gives the kids a good attitude to learning and, over time, will improve grades.
Children play the drums. Credit: ITV News Anglia
Headteacher Penny Sheppard said: “It helps children to concentrate, it can help them to improve their memory. “What we’re trying to do is make sure learning is fun so it’s memorable. And by making it fun and memorable actually it will improve standards in the long term.” The Government does want schools to do more music. Two years ago, it announced The National Music Plan and set up hubs across the country to support music education in schools. Maureen Hanke leads the hub in Norfolk. She said: “We learn through music about expression, about dynamics, about phrasing and rhythm and patterning. “These are all very important sequencing skills, all very important in the development of literature, of literacy, and of numeracy as well. And so it gives a child another string to their bow.” Below is the link to view the news item showing how music helps to improves school grades. http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2014-02-18/school-takes-musical-approach-to-improving-grades/