Music is an incredibly important subject that enriches pupils’ lives and education. But as it is treated increasingly as an afterthought rather than a priority, how can we ensure that children continue to enjoy the remarkable benefits of music in schools? With a lack of funding and resources for specialist education, it’s important to fit music into the school day wherever possible. Here you’ll find some simple and effective ideas to help you do so. Why we need more music in schools A 2012 Ofsted report highlighted several worrying trends…read more
As Easter approaches, there’s usually one thing on children’s minds: chocolate. And with cute bunnies and chicks dominating homes, shops and TV channels, it can be easy for them to forget or overlook the true meaning behind Easter. Here you’ll find some fun ways to teach the Easter story that will keep children on their toes whilst reinforcing the significance of this important time of year. Bring the Easter story to life with these creative ideas for teachers, parents and Sunday schools Easter songs Music provides one of the best…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
The traditional Nativity Play has evolved over the years and Primary School Children are learning about the origin of Christmas through innovative Nativity Play Scripts which retell the original Christmas story from different perspectives.
Fun English Activities for Primary School Children Does your class consider reading to be the pastime of the dull and antiquated? Is the word ‘grammar’ enough to set pupils’ heads nodding – with boredom as opposed to enthusiasm? If your class needs a motivational boost in the English department, read this article for some helpful suggestions that will help you to make English lessons more fun.
Stuck for classroom ideas this Easter? These handpicked Easter activities for primary school students include a wide range of inspiring tips and ideas that will help you educate and celebrate with your class. I have selected activities that are suited to both Christian and secular schools, enabling you to pick whichever ones you think most fitting.
Using Musical Activities to Get Your Class in Gear Effective learning requires enthusiasm, motivation and focus. Unfortunately, there are bound to be times when your class just isn’t feeling it. Morning blues, post-lunch fatigue and pre-home time anticipation can all cause children to become disinterested and irritable. These musical warm ups for primary school children will help engage them mentally and physically, enabling them to concentrate better on the teaching material in hand.