Child-led singing-play programme for primary schools

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Whether you are an individual school or a multi-school organisation, and whether you are interested in online or in-person delivery, or a combination of the two, we can tailor a Singing Playgrounds programme to suit you.

“Transformative”

Jackie Gazeley, Head Teacher, Birmingham

Singing Playgrounds is a whole-school primary school programme with child-led singing-play at its heart. Children are enabled to share, lead, adapt and create their singing-play – together.  Through our new project website and new interactive teaching and demonstration films teachers can access our new resources to inspire and enable them to implement and run a Singing Playgrounds project for the year. All the favourites are there, re-written and developed; the manual, the session plans, the resources and the singing games and songs, and now film and audio tracks with lots of new – socially distanced – singing games for all ages of the primary school community.

“Being a Song Leader helps me inspire other children to join in and not feel lonely”

Song Leader, Brent

Singing Play

“The work of your team was crucial for moulding our community”

Ben Keeling, Head Master, Shrewsbury International School, Hong Kong

Singing Playgrounds
Background

Singing Playgrounds was devised by Rebecca Ledgard and Urszula Weber in 2004 and since then has been an important part of Ex Cathedra’s work. Ever-evolving, and continuing to be led by Rebecca and Ula, our creative team has implemented the project in over 1000 primary schools across the UK, and travelled to Singapore, Uganda, Thailand, New Zealand, Belgium and China. Numerous training events and conference presentations have taken place, and many Singing Playgrounds celebration-performances have taken place. Highlights include 2000 children in a park, the Royal Albert Hall, and at the global inaugural One Young Voice summit on stage with Desmond Tutu. Singing Playgrounds was the first flagship project for Sing Up and was awarded Best Musical Initiative by Music and Education Drama Awards 2014.

Why Singing Playgrounds?

Golden Moments

Singing Playgrounds

In one school a little girl fled from the classroom on a daily basis. During the class introductory session she stayed in the classroom and participated fully in the activities.

A head teacher telephoned the office with excitement. Her primary school was in an inner city area of Birmingham where people came from all over the world and many languages are spoken. We had been told that playground behavior was a challenge and that dinner supervisors struggled ‘to keep order’. We were told that on arriving in the playground to call the children for afternoon school they had found 90 children happily standing in a circle playing a singing game.

“…truly nothing short of miraculous.”

Teacher

At the end of a recent Song Leader training day a teacher, with tears in her eyes told us of one little boy she had brought to the day. Upon arrival in the morning he was crying, angry, fearful and sad. He found it hard to make friends at school and was saying, ‘What’s the point? No one is going to play with me anyway.’ At the end of the day he put his hand up and told the room of 120 children he had made a new friend.

In one school one child wore ear defenders all day every day. He didn’t like noise or interacting with others. He watched the Singing Playgrounds class session and was invited to join in. He participated fully and took his ear defenders off.

We walked into a playground and found children had successfully got 250 children playing a jumping, dancing, singing game, and we watched it continue happily for 20 minutes.

“Dear Mr Brown, Singing Playgrounds has changed my life.”

Year 4 boy writing to Gordon Brown,
Prime Minister, 2007 – 2010

Through our comprehensive programme children develop personal and social skills, vocal skills, and musicianship. The play structure of our games give opportunity to bring children together, and make new friends. Children are encouraged to reflect upon how they can be good role models and how they can encourage and enable everyone. Teachers are provided with a full year programme of resources to enable them to implement and run the project. The play is positive, happy, inclusive activity.

 

Bring children together through singing-play

Enable children to benefit from the wellbeing qualities of singing-play

Train children to lead and enable others, developing their personal and social skills – as leaders and participants

Inspire an everyday child-led culture of singing in the primary school community

Raise the quality of singing, through developing the vocal skills and musicianship of all participants

“At the end of lunchtime I feel sad that I have to stop singing but energised for my next lesson”

Song Leader, Roe Green

Get Singing

Singing Playgrounds™ Start your Journey
Invest in your school’s future and start your Singing Playgrounds journey today. Subscribe to our annual programme or book an in-person visit and bring wellbeing to your school community.

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