Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, regrettably we are unable to invite parents into school for a tour of Berkswich CE primary and nursery. We understand that choosing the right setting for your child is one of the most important decisions that you will make in your child’s learning journey. With this in mind, we hope to provide you with a range of opportunities to allow you to gain an insight into life as part of our special Berkswich community and the chance to ask questions. We certainly welcome the opportunity to support and reassure you as you organise your child’s first steps into Nursery and Reception. We are offering virtual meetings to provide an opportunity for new parents to meet our headteacher, EYFS leader and teaching staff. This will provide a great opportunity for you to ask questions and find out about our community and learning at Berkswich CE. Your child is a vital part of this process, and so we welcome them to join in with the meeting.
Tuesday 17th November 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 1st December 3:30- 5:30pm
Tuesday 8th December 9am – 10:30am
Tuesday 19th January 9am– 10:30am
Tuesday 2nd February 3:30—5:30pm
Tuesday 9th March 9am—10:30 am
To book your ten-minute virtual meeting on one of the following days please call the school office on 01785 337360 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please visit our admissions page to take a closer look at our Nursery and Reception classes, as well as our admissions arrangements. Thank you.
We asked Mr Walker, our brass teacher, for some top tips and advice. He had some great ideas...
What advice do you have for someone starting to learn a new instrument? What do you wish someone had told you?
The key to good progress is practice. If YOU have chosen to learn the instrument, then practice because YOU WANT TO learn rather than because YOU HAVE TO learn. As soon as you think it is something you have to do, then the fun starts to fade.
Do you have a top tip when practising feels hard to keep doing?
Little and often. In the early stages, try to aim for around ten minutes a day. Ten minutes per day is much more effective than sixty minutes once a week. Do not try and look at the whole thing when practice is tough; break it down into smaller chunks of material. Concentrate on smaller parts to make your feeling of achievement greater.
Did you ever feel like giving up? What stopped you?
Many times I felt like giving up because it was too hard or I found it difficult to practice regularly. This is normal but it is how you deal with it that counts. Breaking the difficult parts down instead of tackling larger portions of music can really help. Get into a regular routine of practice. Choose to practice as a reward for finishing homework, for example. Use practice as a positive event in your day. Another way to keep going is to join an ensemble. Playing in a group of people who are learning just like you is a great way to enjoy music as well as meet new friends along the way.
What does music mean to you? How has it benefitted you?
Music is a very special part of my life. I began learning to play the cornet and trumpet through my grandfather who used to play since he was a child. I now teach music during the day. I I return home where I continue to enjoy music, sharing it with my family. I love watching my own children develop their own interests in music. I also practice or play in an ensemble.
There is a very famous quote, “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life“.
(Berkswich CE - Just ask in school for an opportunity to join an ensemble - there are always opportunities.
Keep looking in the newsletter for details too.)