Primary highlights

We’ve got a number of primary practitioner sessions on offer covering both music and drama. See our highlights below!

09.30 – 10.00, Rhinegold Theatre
Warm-up (MUSIC) | Big sing song with Sam Dunkley
Start your day the Expo way – with a fabulous warm-up! Blow off those morning cobwebs with our Big sing song, led by the brilliant Sam Dunkley, renowned conductor, adjudicator and workdshop leader.[Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5] Speaker: Sam Dunkley

09.30 – 10.00, The Space
Warm-up (DRAMA) | Instant impacting movement ideas
Join this very active session and discover how movement can boost engagement, attainment and concentration levels. Delivered by the inspiring and energetic Helen Battelley, a movement practitioner specialising in early education.
[Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5] Speaker: Helen Battelley

10.15 – 11.00, Rhinegold Theatre
Music without borders: creative use of IT to support global music making
A practical workshop exploring creative solutions to the 2014 UNESCO report Nurturing creative thinking. This session will demonstrate new ways to collaborate creatively online using cloud-based platforms across a range of devices.
[KS2 ,KS3, KS4, KS5] Speaker: Anna Gower

10.50 – 11.35, Workshop Theatre
What to do with your classroom tambourines and triangles!
Every school has a cupboard full of tambourines and triangles not being used to their full potential! This workshop will demonstrate how you can harness these unloved instruments, explore different techniques and rhythms; build up layers of different patterns with rhythmic breaks; and discuss links to different styles of music and different cultures. The session will develop various skills including rhythm, co-ordination, fine motor skills, listening, copying, teamwork and creativity. [KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5] Speaker: Jo May

11.15 – 12.00, The Space
‘To be’: Shakespeare and me
Focusing on The Tempest, this session will explore the story, characters and language through classroom drama techniques which are accessible and easily transferable to other curriculum areas. The session will offer participants compelling and imaginative ways to introduce children to Shakespeare so that it ignites their curiosity; extending and building on their innate ability and inclination to explore the world through play, and asks them to consider what it means for them to be ‘human’.
[KS1, KS2] Speakers: Peter Kennedy, Sue Harding

12.55 – 13.40, Workshop Theatre
Singing Schools: Creating a culture of singing in your school
Find out about this award-winning initiative which focuses on social and musical change for primary schools. The project builds on learning from international projects (such as El Sistema) and uses the joy, power, discipline and accelerated learning opportunities afforded by singing to secure better musical, educational and personal outcomes. Delivered by Voices Foundation and the David Ross Education Trust.
[Early Years, KS1, KS2] Speakers: Ed Milner, Charles MacDougall

14.40 – 15.25, Workshop Theatre
Teaching music: World perspectives
We can benefit greatly by looking at how other cultures learn and teach music. Ethnomusicologist Andy Gleadhill explores world music approaches which are inclusive, accessible and develop student creativity.
[Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5] Speaker: Andy Gleadhill

14.50 – 15.35, Rhinegold Theatre
Including students with additional needs in your mainstream music lesson
Children with additional needs require expert specialised music tuition over and above what we learn during mainstream teacher training. In this workshop we explore which teaching techniques, instruments and room layouts suit children with various additional needs, as well as how to include and direct other adults (e.g. TA’s) to maximise their input in music lessons.
[Early Years, KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5] Speakers: Victoria Jaquiss, Diane Paterson

15.50 – 16.35, Workshop Theatre
Disney’s Aladdin | Spotlight on singing
Using well-known songs from the show, we’ll explore teaching techniques for group singing in 3/4 part harmony, adding in a layer of characterisation. Learn to sing as a cohesive ensemble as you incorporate movement and acting to enrich storytelling.
[KS3, KS4, KS5] Speakers: Disney Teaching Artists

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