As schools reopen to all children, a key focus will be settling children back in and meeting their emotional and wellbeing needs, as well as re-establishing routines and readiness to learn. We thought you might therefore like to know about new provision OCMS is offering under the heading of Music for Wellbeing. This provision can be booked in half-term blocks for whole or half classes, groups or individuals with specific needs and there is also a staff CPD option.
As you will know, there is growing evidence of the wellbeing and mental health benefits of involvement in musical activities, and Kevan Collins, the new ‘education catch-up tsar’ has stressed the importance of music and the arts and of time for children to ‘learn to play together’ again when schools reopen. The half-class sessions can also be used as a catch-up facilitator, allowing the class teacher to focus on a particular group while the other children engage in Music for Wellbeing sessions. We hope you will therefore consider additional music provision to key individuals and whole classes settle back into school.
Full details of the new offer, including prices for summer term 2021, are enclosed. All provision can be planned to comply with your school’s Covid-19 risk assessment, and during the summer whole class sessions can take place outdoors if you prefer.
Availability for the summer term is limited so we recommend booking as soon as possible here.