Coronavirus Covid 19 Restrictions
Music has always been an important part of life at Britannia as we know how much it benefits the children in so many ways. Studies and many schools’ own experiences have shown that, as well as being intrinsically valuable as a subject, music:
â–ª readies children for learning across the curriculum;
â–ª improves memory by stimulating both hemispheres of the brain;
â–ª has unrivalled connectivity across the whole curriculum;
â–ª correlates with improved progress in a range of other subjects.
During this time we are obviously, following government guidance and advice to keep everybody as safe as possible.
We are fortunate that our Music Scheme - Charanga has been adapted across all year groups, to be Covid friendly. One of the adaptations they have made is the use of sign language. Some units will be teaching children how to sign a song - absolutely fantastic.
We are looking at alternative ways to still provide the all round enrichment opportunities that we like to offer children because at the moment trips to the theatre, listening to an orchestra visitors within school are restricted.
We are very adaptable and will work with the guidance to ensure that we still include Music within our broad and balanced curriculum.
Over the last few years our love of singing has grown immensely and use every opportunity to include it within any events and assemblies taking part.
Already this school year we have enjoyed our weekly celebration assemblies, Harvest Festival, Christingle Service.
Our WW1 History immersion day was amazing. Y4 sang two songs specially written to celebrate The Great War and a Y6 pupil played the Last Post on his cornet.
We have a new specialist teacher, Miss Lord, from Lancashire Music Service who teaches recorders to Y3 and brass to Y5. We held a joint concert in December to showcase to our families our fantastic skills. At the end of each term we will have another performance.
Following on from last years brass tuition with Whitworth and Healey Band Club, 6 children have continued with lessons and took part in a fundraising event for Cancer Research helping to raise over £3000 for this very worthy cause.
Our Nativity is always a highlight of the year and ‘The Prickly Hay’ was no exception – the children sang beautifully. Our YR class performance of ‘Our First Nativity’ was fabulous – we certainly have some future stars in our midst!
Y6 class visited Olive House to sing carols and to chat with the residents there.
Choir (Y4/Y5/Y6) is currently rehearsing for the Hearts & Voices concert to be held at Blackburn Cathedral on Friday 15th February 2019. We attended this fundraiser for Rossendale Hospice for the first time last year and thoroughly enjoyed performing with other schools within our area, Sean Ruane and the 2nd Rossendale Scout Group Bank. We have 2 workshops with Sean Ruane (Opera singer, Chant Productions) coming up, which we are very much looking forward to as he will go through warm up and performance techniques with us – the children loved it last year.