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Sing When You’re Binning at Clarendon Primary School

Children worked with dynamic singing duo Globe Jam, using music to raise awareness of local environmental issues. They made instruments out of recyclable objects, researched environmental issues and wrote a powerful song which they recorded and used to launch a local campaign, including a public performance in Ashford Town Centre.

Who was involved

  • Children and teachers from Years 5 and 6 at Clarendon School, Surrey
  • Creative practitioners: Tommy Ludgate and Sarah Horley from Globe Jam
  • Thomas Knivett College


How can a creative partnership help children to have a tangible impact on environmental issues in their community?


  • To enable children to see the results of the work they do in their local environment and help them feel able to affect real change
  • To engage parents, carers and the local community to actively take part in the project
  • To strengthen links between the school and local businesses
  • To raise Clarendon’s profile as a sustainable school and support it to achieve a Healthy Schools Award


Children wrote and recorded a powerful song which they used to launch an anti-litter campaign.  The project culminated in a high visibility public performance in Ashford Town Centre. Family members participated in a large scale singing workshop at the school. Children performed their campaign song to Year 7 students at the local secondary school.  Children learnt a range of musical and creative skills and made more meaningful associations between their learning and their immediate surroundings.

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We spent time on the project in other lessons when Tommy and Sarah weren’t here… …like in ‘Big Writing’ where we wrote letters to local businesses to invite them to come to our workshop for parents and the community.

Year 6 pupil

Yeah that was persuasive writing!

Year 6 pupil

Sing when you’re Binning has reinvented the role of music within Clarendon Primary School! Working with Globe Jam has demonstrated to us how powerful music can be in an education context; inspiring and motivating children to confront wider issues head on and make a real difference in their community.


Characters who were less likely to contribute and some of the more challenging boys got much more involved as they got more confident.