A very different assembly looking at Beethoven - how he went deaf and still composed. We have all heard of him so why not learn about him! So what can we learn from him? One, we should listen to classical music. There is a whole world of music out there waiting to be discovered. Don’t start with full concertos. Type in best ever classical music and I am sure the search music will give you the greatest hits of classical music. It is also great for revision. It breaks that silence without distracting us with beats per minute or lyrics. The second thing we can learn from Beethoven is practice, practice, practice. Skills in our learning take time to develop. Musicians tend to focus on the 2 bits they got wrong playing a piece rather than the 8 bits they got right. This is how we master a skill. When we get an essay back, what are our next steps. How do we act on them. What are those intricate moves we need to do in PE or Drama? And thirdly, like many heroes, Beethoven suffered a major obstacle in his life – his loss of hearing. We all have learning differences and we all have barriers to overcome. If he can do it in a world with a drunk father, rich aristocracy and no technology, think what we can do today.