Keeping the beat

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Enrichment opportunities are key at Clifton High

Clifton High School‘s Masterclasses bus visited Horfield Welly Pre-school last week to deliver the first of its new EYFS ( Early Years Foundation Stage) ‘Keeping the Beat’ Masterclasses. Forty-one children at the pre-school practised a range of repetitive movements that lend themselves to beat – they enjoyed using both body percussion and Djembe drums to beat to songs, rhymes and music. The ability to feel, express and keep a steady beat is an important prerequisite for language development as it affects, for example, articulation, speech flow, attention span and reading comprehension.

Mrs Stiley, Manager at Horfield Welly Pre-school, commented that the workshop was “an excellent music masterclass”, and the children and staff had an amazing time – “they loved everything about the session … the children were so inspired”.

The school is delighted to now offer a workshop for a younger audience, building on the success of its existing Masterclasses programme for junior aged children. Over the past eighteen months, the programme has seen specialist teachers, with the help of student ambassadors, deliver complimentary enrichment workshops to over 1,000 children in Bristol and the surrounding areas, on themes from World War II to eye dissection, and robotics to tumbling.

Experience beyond the classroom and enrichment is a key part of school life at Clifton High – with over 100 extra-curricular and sports clubs on offer each term, along with a plethora of educational visits and opportunities. In addition to providing pupils with a strong academic foundation, Clifton High endeavours to develop in its young people key attributes of confidence, independence, empathy, resilience and ambition.

Clifton High welcomes enquiries from local schools, youth groups and EYFS organisations regarding its Masterclasses initiative and looks forward to welcoming visitors to the school for its upcoming open morning on Thursday 10 May:

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