KS2 Singing and Songwriting Project with Kingslea Primary School
During the Spring Term 2018 Farlington supplied Kingslea Primary School with specialist music teaching one afternoon per week to lead singing and songwriting for pupils in year 4. Materials taught from the Friday Afternoons repertoire, along with original songs composed by each class were performed in a joint concert to parents with year 4 children from Farlington school.
The aims of the project were to provide inclusive learning of musical performance and composition skills through singing to benefit all participating pupils, developing their confidence and creative skills. New material, composed by each class, had a shared theme of ‘nature’ or ‘the natural world’ which linked into topics being taught elsewhere in the curriculum.
Kingslea Primary and Farlington Schools are close geographically. Communication between Head of Community Outreach at Farlington and the Headteacher at Kingslea established that Kingslea’s pupils could benefit from specialist subject teaching, particularly in music.
Weekly sessions at Kingslea Primary School were led by Farlington’s specialist music teacher and supported by the class teachers. Repertoire was licensed for free from the Friday Afternoons website and original material was composed by the children with support and arrangement by the specialist music teacher. The culminating concert to parents was hosted at Kingslea Primary School.
Improvement by all pupils in their ability to compose, rehearse and sing songs, including challenging repertoire, enabled by specialist music teaching and singing in a large combined choir. Evident in final performance. Increased self-confidence and ability identified in some pupils from each school during the project.
The project involved pupils from year 4 at Kingslea Primary School along with Year 4 at Farlington School.
Weekly sessions in all schools led by Farlington’s music teacher during the Spring Term 2018.