A shared Sing Up day
National Sing Up day: 9 February 2011
Platinum awarded Temple Primary school in Manchester invited three partner schools (Cheetwood, St. Chads and Crumpsall Lane primaries) to engage in an afternoon of fun and sharing through singing.
‘A fun repertoire has been put together with input from the children and the National Sing Up Day has been a fantastic opportunity for us all to get together,’ Vicky Morton, the Headteacher from Temple Primary proudly told Anthony Kirkbride, ContinYou’s Sing Up Project Manager, ‘Some of the songs have only been learnt in the last few days and it’s great to share them together.‘
Manchester music services have worked to develop ‘Schools Squares’ – sharing of songs within school and across year groups. This was evident in the songs that the schools shared and sang together, such as ‘Ain’t No Mountain’ and ‘I Can See Clearly’. Young Singing Leaders started the afternoon off with warm-ups, HELLO, voice juggling and up and down. This was followed by some fantastic performances, including the Year 6 children, who did a selection of Abba songs, with a boys’ choir donning blonde wigs and really getting into the performance of ‘Waterloo’.
From the young voices of the Key Stage 1 choir performing ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ to the staff choir singing ‘Rule the World’ everyone got involved and enjoyed the informal approach to the whole performance. Even the invited guests and parents found their voices!
Many of the songs performed were taken from the Sing Up Song Bank, using the backing tracks to learn the new songs and enabling them to be shared across all the schools. There are plans for the schools to make this a regular event each term.
ContinYou is an associate partner with the Sing Up programme.
Visit our Sing Up webpages to find out more about Sing Up and ContinYou’s role in the programme.