Why performing arts? How will my son/daughter benefit?
Across the academic year each class will have the opportunity to explore and gain knowledge, skills and understanding of Drama, Dance and Music. In addition, because performing arts lessons at BHP are linked to each year group’s topics, your child’s learning across the curriculum will be enhanced. Using the performing arts as the tool to learn about your child’s topic means they have the opportunity to learn in a variety of ways, (kinaesthetically, aurally, visually and verbally) thereby allowing all children to be successful in their learning.
Here are a list of some of the skills your son or daughter will gain from participating in performing arts lessons:
- Creativity and problem solving – in all the arts, pupils have to ‘think on their feet/think outside the box’ and approach tasks from a variety of perspectives. “How would my character react in this situation? How do I portray this emotion through dance? Without even realising it your son or daughter is consistently being challenged to solve problems which develops their skills in reasoning and understanding. In an ever changing world where today’s knowledge is useless tomorrow, creativity and problem solving skills are necessary to be successful in any career.
- Confidence – Drama, Dance and Music all train a pupil how to convincingly deliver a message. Moreover, they allow a child to practice stepping out of their comfort zone, to make mistakes and learn from them through rehearsal. This process gives children the confidence to perform in a variety of situations, whether it be in front of a large audience or for a job interview.
- Perseverance and dedication– All of the performing arts are highly disciplined requiring healthy work habits such as attendance, punctuality, and effort. The reward for this in the world of performing arts is the applause of the audience when work is accomplished to a high standard. Video clips of professional artists are often used at BHP as an inspiring stimulus for many performing arts lessons. Pupils learn that to achieve excellence, he/she has to practise in order to pick up the skills and techniques. In an increasingly competitive world, where people are being asked to continually develop new skills, perseverance is essential to achieving success.
- Focus– This is a skill needed to achieve in any subject. During group work children must keep a balance between listening/watching and contributing which involves concentration and focus. Furthermore, it requires each participant to not only think about their role, but how their role contributes to the big picture of what is being created.
- Collaboration – much of the work undertaken in Drama, Dance and Music involves shared responsibility. This means that a goal is accomplished through compromise. This helps children to learn that their role in society, however small, makes a difference to the world.
How often do pupils at BHP participate in performing arts lessons?
Years 2-6 receive one lesson in either Drama, Dance or Music per week.
Who teaches my son/daughter Performing Arts?
Suzette Rocca is a fully qualified teacher with over twenty years’ experience teaching performing arts and ten years’ working as a professional dance artist. She has a degree in English Literature, an MA in Dance Studies and is an Arts Awards Adviser.
Are there any extra-curricular opportunities in the Performing ?
There are a number of clubs at Bush Hill Park Primary School such as The Musical Theatre Club, the Enfield Dance Festival Club and Street Dance. They offer pupils with a particular interest/talent in the Performing Arts a place to hone their skills, develop a deeper understanding and to practise something they enjoy with the support of expert staff who are passionate about the subject.