The Harvest Festival is a fantastic time of year. Both children and teachers have an opportunity to show their gratitude towards another great year, and the festival offers up an abundance of opportunity for moral and spiritual teaching. We have gathered our thoughts, bringing you some of the best harvest festival ideas for schools. They will help you to remind children to give thanks for the food they receive, provide a greater awareness of where it comes from and encourage them to reflect on those who are less fortunate.
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
School’s (almost) out for summer! But as you know, we teachers are always one step ahead of the game and before you know it, it’ll be time to start getting ready for the autumn term. (Sorry.) To help you prepare, I have compiled this list of my favourite back to school songs, which are perfect for kick-starting the new term and busting the back-to-school blues.
Make the Last Day of School a Special and Memorable Occasion for All As the end of the school year approaches, primary school teachers everywhere are dutifully toiling away in preparation for the last few days of term. If you want to do something extra special for your year 6 class this time around, these leavers days ideas will arm you with a wealth of top tips and inspiration. Leavers Assembly Ideas For a leavers assembly to be successful, it must be both fun and touching, with just the right…read more
Around this time of year, schools up and down the country will be getting ready for the imminent exodus of year 6 pupils. And yet, no matter how many years you have been teaching for, it’s always surprising just how emotional it can be saying goodbye to your ‘favourite year 6 class’. A year 6 leavers production can make the transition from primary to secondary education a less intimidating experience for your students whilst providing them with the recognition they deserve. A good leavers play or musical should reinforce their…read more
The early learning stages are crucially important for the development of a child’s education. Learning in these years needs to be fun and engaging in order to stay in their young minds! School songs that are usually used in assemblies are a great learning technique, that benefit our children in numerous ways. Take a look at these top benefits of school songs and how they develop you child’s knowledge considerably! 1) Tuneful Teamwork In a classroom environment, teamwork is key. School songs within a classroom help young children learn the…read more
If you’re looking to conduct a school assembly this Easter, look no further. These Easter assembly ideas for primary schools include links to a variety of carefully chosen scripts, songbooks and resources for KS1 and KS2 to help you find the perfect songs and readings for your school. Easter Assembly Songs for Children Singing is always a great way to kick-start an assembly and help everyone reflect on what they have learned at the end. Find two or three catchy Easter songs to coincide with your readings, with a good…read more
Over the years, singing in schools has become increasingly popular and it has numerous educational and personal benefits for children. Songs in schools now work as a cohesive educational aid in the class schedule of many teachers. So what are the advantages of using primary school songs in the classroom? Advantages of Primary School Songs Singing works the ‘memory muscle’, helping children to take in and remember key information using repetitive rhyme and melody. Learning a piece of educational material attached to a tune provides a memory platform for children…read more