A new music making programme for KS2 primary learners
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This Autumn, the English National Opera launches an exciting new digital project for pupils aged 7 – 11, bringing a fusion of opera, live film and animation straight to your classroom for FREE.
Using a specially commissioned operatic work as a starting point, we will inspire your pupils to create and produce their own music through an invitation to respond to, and resolve, unfinished artistic work.
We have commissioned a new operatic piece titled Blue Red Yellow… by Omar Shahryar and Ruth Mariner, which is framed within a short story suitable for primary audiences.
An ordinary boy receives a mysterious letter, inviting him to be an ENO Composer at the London Coliseum. Led by a sense of curiosity he soon discovers a script titled Blue Red Yellow…waiting for him on stage. It is full of interesting words and imagery. He picks up his notebook and experiments with drawings and sounds, and discovers that his musical ideas come to life around him! We delve into the world of his imagination, full of colour, creatures and music. But then, something strange starts to happen… The music builds and he becomes so immersed in his creativity that he literally gets lost inside it! With no-one to be found, apart from a notebook and pencil, the music is left unfinished – can you help finish it?
Step into the composer’s shoes, immerse yourself in a world of imagination, and experiment with using music and sound to create new worlds and tell stories…
Your class will
- Experience opera in a unexpected way
- Be able to express themselves and respond creatively
- Increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement
- Develop critical engagement to listen and decode music
- Encouraged to develop their own music interpretations
- Experiment with ways of organising music to communicate meaning
- Reconnect with their peers and the curriculum in a fun, unique learning experience
Project package includes
- An educational film developed specifically for primary learners
- Operatic music performed by the world-class ENO Orchestra and Chorus
- Composition toolkit, with digital and printed resources,
- Teacher learning resource pack, with additional cross-curriculum exercises
- Online CPD for teachers, introducing the toolkit and new approaches to music making in the classroom
- The opportunity to celebrate and share your pupils’ music submissions with parents, peers and the school community.
Finish This is available to UK state primary schools, focusing on supporting children to develop their music making skills, promoting self-expression, creativity, collaboration and well-being. The project also supports teachers to reconnect children with their school community in a fun and imaginative way.
As this is a pilot project, we are currently offering FREE places. All participating schools are asked to provide extensive feedback to help us further develop this project.
How to book
To book your free place please complete our online booking form by Wednesday 30 June.
Places are limited; we advise submitting your booking form early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions or would like more information, please email Amy Powell on email@example.com
See previous L&P school projects
Opera Squad supports schools by enriching their arts provision and connecting pupils and staff to professionals working in the industry across an initial year-long residency. We work closely with each school to respond to their needs, developing a bespoke programme of activity across the academic year.
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