Engaging children with the arts (Art, Drama, Music) is essential to successful learning. Almost as soon as their motor skills are developed, children communicate through artistic expression and the benefits of incorporating the arts across all school subjects is widely acknowledged. However, the pressure of a standardised test-based education has led to schools focusing their resources towards more ‘traditional’ subjects and results-based learning and as a consequence, artistic subjects like drama and music, are being marginalised.

Eaton Square School strongly values the arts. This is demonstrated both within their curriculum and through their extra-curricular activities. The school has teamed up with Absolutely Education to discuss why the arts should be incorporated into everyday learning.

Better overall academic performance

Focusing more on the arts in the curriculum helps children to achieve more across all academic subjects. For example, drama ties heavily into English literature as it explores different interpretations and opinions of the world. The arts can help more traditional subjects come to life. This in turn allows for an increased appreciation of subjects such as languages and history, plus a better understanding and enjoyment of both classwork and homework. Furthermore, it has been found that the arts can effectively engage students in subjects they are less passionate about. Some teachers use dance and song to teach maths, which not only makes the lesson more fun, but can significantly improve a student’s ability to retain knowledge.

Transferable Life Skills

By taking part in artistic endeavours, children can learn skills that will benefit them well beyond their school days. For instance, participating in a school play can instil children with the confidence to perform in front of a group. This will help them in their future careers by reducing performance anxiety as well as improving their overall  public speaking skills. Learning an instrument can teach children patience, resilience and commitment, and by taking part in a musical group or ensemble, they can also learn the value of teamwork.

Nurture better citizens

Studying the arts has been found to encourage compassion. By studying the work of various artists, children learn that there is more than one way to view the world, which makes them more tolerant and accepting of others. Empirical data has also shown that those who participate in the arts develop behaviours which contribute to the health of society. These include increased civic engagement, greater social tolerance, increased ability to empathise and a better understanding of different views. The transformative impact of the arts can be seen best when they are incorporated throughout all years of a child’s education.

Healthy expression

Whether it be music, drawing or a dramatic monologue, artistic exploration allows children to express their feelings and ideas. This is essential in maintaining good mental health, especially with the new pressures of social media in our constantly connected world. Art provides the perfect mode of escapism for children, and can be an outlet for children to be able to work through difficult emotions. Eaton Square School supports arts in the curriculum at all levels. Purpose built art, music and drama studios allow children the space to express themselves and engage with the tools they need for a well-rounded education. They also take advantage of their well-connected central London location, hosting many lessons or activities in museums, galleries and theatres across the capital.

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