songwriting, opera performances, Houses of Parliament trips – a busy week in BLC!

Its been another busy week with BLC schools working together. On Monday Christ Church and St John’s did more songwriting as part of their 5 week long project with Myrtala and Charlie Thomas. Next week they will start recording their own songs.On Tuesday and Wednesday 56 children attended workshops at the Houses of Parliament. These excellent workshops are a regular part of our calendar now and the children got to watch some debating in the House of Commons as part of their tour (just before PM’s questions!). On Wednesday year 5 from Jessop did their final performances of their hip hop and reggae inspired operas that they have been writing all term with Pegasus Opera, inspired by the Black Sound Black British Music exhibition at the BCA in Brixton. The children excelled themselves with fantastic performances of their work to an audience of parents. They were joined at Jessop by classes from Holy Trinity Primary in our neighbouring cluster Windmill. This was part of a project generously funded by Ernest Cook Trust.

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Jessop Primary buzzing with final rehearsals towards their Black Sound performances

Just 10 days to go until year 5s from Jessop Primary perform their mini operas in reggae and hiphop style to parents and peers next week. The children have been devising their operas under the guidance of David Lavale working for Pegasus Opera. The project has unearthed some amazing talent in the classes as the children have written, composed and rehearsed their pieces. This exciting project has been supported by Ernest Cook Trust and is a partnership between Pegasus Opera, Black Cultural Archives, Brixton Learning Collaborative and Windmill cluster schools.

Songwriting project starts up again in St John’s Angell Town Primary

Today our songwriting project has started up again with 2 new groups of children from Christ Church Primary SW9 and St John’s Angell Town Primary. Thanks goes to St John’s for hosting the project in their school. Over the next 5 weeks children will write and record their own lyrics and music – we look forward to hearing their CDs at the end! This project is generously funded by the Walcot Foundation.

EYFS forum – great session led by London CLC on apps, tech and computing

This week 8 of our schools met for a very informative session led by London CLC tutor Christian Turton, guiding us through a range of apps, software and preparing children for the Computing curriculum. The CLC produce a useful EYFS ‘Get Programming’ guide on their website with ideas to get children started in Reception, ready for KS1 (www.londonclc.org.uk/help-sheets). Christian took us on a tour of apps such as Book Creator, Puppet Pals, Build and Play and Scratch Jnr. He also showed staff the range of ways you can use an ipad to support young children’s learning including using 3D maps, making stories and soundtracks and voice dictation and we explored AR apps such as The Hungry Caterpillar, Quiver which brings children’s colouring to life and Nearpod which brings the world into the classroom. Thanks to all who attended and to London CLC for all their support.

Songwriting project in Archbishop Sumner and Loughborough Primaries

Today we begin our new songwriting project, generously funded by Walcot Foundation, for children in Archbishop Sumner and Loughborough Primaries. During the next few weeks, the children will write and record songs themselves. Last week the teachers involved in the project got to write their own songs together, getting a feel for the project – Taylor Swift, watch out! The project will particularly support children who will benefit from building their confidence and working with others in a supportive team.