Introduction to RIMU The RIMU Nursery opened in April 2012. The RIMU Music Preparatory School will have one class per year of no more than 16 students per class. It is hoped that children from RIMU will leave with high-level skills both academically and within the arts, which will be achieved through high-quality teaching. At RIMU we believe that all children have the potential to achieve and excel and by making music a focus in the timetable we believe the children have a greater chance of fulfilling their individual potential, both musically and academically. We will provide children with an educational atmosphere and experiences that stimulate, motivate and encourage them to achieve beyond what may be expected. Our staff will be dedicated to discovering and promoting the children’s talents. Good relationships with parents through daily contact, regular teacher-parent consultations, written reports and weekly newsletters will be key to the success of RIMU. Musical training requires a lot of commitment from both parents and children alike. Parent evenings will be held twice per year, and reports written annually at the end of the summer term. Our staff will be available at the end of the school day to meet with parents. Our class teachers will be supported by well qualified and trained teaching assistants. The school will open at 8.15am and the formal day will begin at 8.45. Mornings will be devoted to skills-based academic learning and afternoons will be entirely revolve around musical activities.  Formal lessons will finish at 3.30 pm followed by optional after- school clubs until 6pm. I feel passionately that all children should have free access to musical tuition. Music classes are a vital part of a child's academic achievement and provide a cross disciplinary approach to learning. In my experience music directly enhances learning through increased spatial development. Mathematical and reading skills are also improved by learning rhythms and decoding notes and symbols. It can greatly enhance a child's confidence and even if a child does not want to make music their future career, the skills gained from learning music are with them for life. The music programme at RIMU will comprise every child learning the keyboard and recorder, theory of music, Kodaly, Rhythmics, vocal and instrumental ensemble classes and History of Music. We will also include drama and dance in the timetable. Nathalie Richardson © RIMU 2011-2017 Made with Xara   RIMU Music Preparatory School & Nursery