The Greatest Showman was the stimulus for the Nursery class performance as many of the girls were inspired by the film sound track. Each and every one of the girls had their part to play as many of them thrive on performing, especially for their parents who always form such an attentive audience!
The girls enjoyed singing several songs, they spoke with confidence and retold the story of how they can consider their place in the world and what they can do to help look after it. They concluded with a class dance to the track This Is Me. They were amazing and showed great courage to perform to such a large audience at such a young age.
The learning opportunities that such a performance develops are many, however the main focus was to develop Communication and Language. This is one of the three prime areas of learning and development in the EYFS framework. It is called a prime area because it forms the foundation for all other aspects of young children’s learning and development. The prime areas of learning are regarded as particularly important for engaging young children’s curiosity and enthusiasm and laying the foundations of success in learning and in life. Communication and Language development at NHSG involves giving the girls opportunities to speak and listen in a range of situations, and to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves so that they can reach their full potential.
Research suggests that good communication, language and literacy development at a young age have the highest correlation with outcomes at school. Speech and language skills underpin many other areas of the girls’ development by:
-Providing a strong foundation for other areas of learning, such as reading and writing
-Supporting communication skills
-Promoting social skills and forming friendships
-Building confidence and self-esteem
-Supporting emotional and behavioural development as well as resilience
-Helping them to make sense of the world around them
The girls have continued to act out parts of the assembly and can be observed assimilating and replaying the experience. This will only enhance their confidence and resilience as they continue their journey through NHSG, demonstrating the attributes of what makes a successful NHSG pupil.
A great show indeed!