In the EYFS there are seven areas of learning and development that must shape educational programmes in early years settings. All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Expressive Arts and Design is one of the seven areas of learning.
Educational programmes must involve activities and experiences for children, as set out under each of the areas of learning. The EYFS states that “The development of children’s artistic and cultural awareness supports their imagination and creativity. It is important that children have regular opportunities to engage with the arts, enabling them to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. The quality and variety of what children see, hear and participate in is crucial for developing their understanding, self-expression, vocabulary and ability to communicate through the arts. The frequency, repetition and depth of their experiences are fundamental to their progress in interpreting and appreciating what they hear, respond to and observe”
To contribute towards this area of learning we have a singing group on a Tuesday led by Georgiana Lowe.
“Hello, my name is Georgiana Lowe. I grew up in New Zealand where I studied piano from the age of four and also learnt a number of other instruments over the years. I went on to receive a Bachelor of Music in Performance Piano from Otago University.
I now live in St Werburghs, where I teach classical piano lessons, early years music groups, lead a choir, and am Mum to two daughters. I’m happy to be able to provide an opportunity for children to become inspired and enthusiastic about music from an early age and can’t stress enough how important it is for children to be given the chance to communicate through music as soon as possible.
Sunshine Singing, the weekly sessions I run at the nursery, is a group started by myself and my two year old daughter in our local park after the lockdown of 2021 when we were only allowed to socialise outside.Sessions are 30 minutes and involve various songs and musical game, some well-known, others less, accompanied by ukulele. We also sing a story each week, and often include some movement to music which I play on the piano – a nice chance for little ones to hear and move to live classical music.”