All the world’s a stage: Celebrating and reflecting on primary school life through leavers’ musical productions With Year 6 pupils across the UK preparing to move on to secondary school, Andrew Oxspring, director of Edgy Productions, talks to teachers about why end-of-year and Year 6 leavers’ musicals are so important, and shares his own experiences […]

Stage a memorable musical send-off – Primary Teacher Update

Claire Rodi is a year 6 music teacher and music coordinator at Market Habrorough C of E Academy in Liecestershire. We asked her about the school’s leavers’ musical celebrating primary school life and adding some stardust and a lot of humour to round off pupils’ time at school. What would you say are the benefits […]

A chance to shine!

David Morley from Long Meadow Primary school in Milton Keynes talks about giving children the chance to shine… Despite everyone’s best intentions to never let it happen again, the end of year ‘Leaver’s Production’ always gets left to the last minute. Everything just seems to get in the way… sports days (which inevitably get cancelled […]

Natasha Clemitshaw

Natasha Clemitshaw, Year 6 teacher at Canon Popham CE Primary School in Doncaster is our guest blogger this week. She shares the benefits of staging musical productions at primary level. “At Canon Popham CE Primary School our shared vision is to nurture our children within a happy, stimulating and caring environment. We pride ourselves on […]

Tickling the Ivories

It’s fair to say we’re a pretty musical family. Music is what puts food on our table and pays the bills. The house is littered with instruments we’ve acquired over the years and we are the proud owners of a lovely piano, bequeathed to us by my late step-father who was himself an accomplished and […]

Just lovely…

Just lovely… Brilliant. Shama Tatler, Councillor at Brent Council

Fabulous evening

Well… what a fabulous evening we had last night! So privileged to be invited to Canon Popham C of E Primary School to watch the Year 6s perform ‘Let Loose!’ Tasha Clemitshaw, your children did you proud – fantastic acting, nice clear, loud voices and wonderful singing – it was a joy to be in […]

Lovely feedback

Here’s some lovely feedback we received today… “We have just performed ‘Do You Remember The First Time?’ at my school. I am currently just finishing my NQT year and the school I have joined have never done an end of year show and I was determined that I would change this. Last night was our […]

3D street painting

Wow! Step inside the largest AND longest 3D street painting Guinness World Records’s ‘The Rhythm of Youth’, an enormous painting measuring 2,622.882 m² (28,232 ft² 50.4 in²) has set two new anamorphic painting records. It was created by China’s Yongchun Yang and Yanting Xu and their team of artists, taking more than 20 days to […]

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts

Top 10 skills children learn from the arts Washington Post You don’t find school reformers talking much about how we need to train more teachers in the arts, given the current obsession with science, math, technology and engineering (STEM), but here’s a list of skills that young people learn from studying the arts. They serve […]

Protect Music Education

Our contribution to the campaign to Protect Music Education “Education, or rather good education, has never been and will never be about prioritizing ‘core’ subjects. Neither is it about relentless assessment in these subjects with the sole purpose of generating league tables of performance. More children may indeed leave school literate and numerate, but they […]

Stage fright!

Just a comforting (I hope) message to all of you who are currently getting hot under the collar about your forthcoming leavers’ productions. I’m assuming that, as D-day approaches, there’s been lots of yelling, arguing, threats of cancellation, pulling out of hair, vowing never to put on a musical again…etc etc. There certainly used to […]