As a teacher at a small school, you might be struggling to find a Christmas play that doesn’t require a host of angels, shepherds, stable animals and the rest. However, they do exist, and many scripts are flexible enough that they can be chopped and changed to suit smaller classes. Here are some suggestions to help you adapt the cast list to suit the size of your production along with some recommended nativity plays for small groups. How to tailor a Christmas play script to a small cast If you’re…read more
Music is an excellent tool for introducing and reinforcing subject matter. Used well, it can aid awareness, engagement and retention in class whilst enhancing creativity and promoting a sense of connectivity. Out of the Ark has a fantastic selection of tried and trusted curriculum-based educational songs for children in nursery and primary school, ideal for bringing core topics to life. All the following resources come with a CD including vocal and backing tracks. Words on Screen software can be used to display lyrics onto the whiteboard, computer screen, television or…read more
The benefits of using music in the classroom are well documented. Carefully selected songs can give children more energy and motivation, put them in a positive mood, boost creativity, promote relaxation and focus, and make classes more fun and memorable. In order to use music effectively in the classroom, it’s important to pick the right tracks for particular purposes, occasions and topics. Here are some quick-fire suggestions… 10 ways to use music in the classroom As a warm-up before class. Some simple vocal warm-ups accompanied by actions can provide stimulation…read more
Teachers are forever being told to use more music in the classroom, and for good reason. Singing serves as a great memory aid, promotes healthy intellectual and emotional development and offers children a welcome break from the daily grind of reading and writing. If you’re looking for more ways to use music in the classroom, this article offers a combination of time-honoured tips and fresh inspiration to help you integrate more songs into your teaching schedule. How to Use Music in the Classroom To support the curriculum and help children…read more
Sing into Spring with these Song Ideas for the New Season Singing is a great way for children to celebrate the changing of the seasons and learn something new along the way. Whether you’re seeking children’s songs for spring as a teacher or parent, these ideas will help you find the perfect tune for every occasion. Songs About the Changing Seasons After a long, harsh winter, the emergence of spring is exactly what is needed to boost children’s spirits in preparation for the Easter holidays and beyond. The clocks go…read more
Putting on a Sunday school nativity play can be challenging at best. Limited budgeting, rehearsal time and space mean that meticulous organisation is required in order to make it a success. These top tips will help you organise a Sunday school nativity that’ll go down a treat with children and parents alike.