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World of music at Pond Meadow

Pond Meadow had already worked with its pupils to help them understand their belonging to family, class, school, and the local and wider community, but wanted to work with enthusiastic music practitioners to help Key Stage 2 pupils realise their link to the wider world.

Who was involved

  • Key Stage 2 students, from Pond Meadow school, Surrey, including 2 classes with pupils from very autistic spectrum and 2 classes with pupils with very complex needs, with Catherine Attridge (Deputy Head) plus other class teachers and support staff
  • Creative practitioners: Anna Tabbush and Lucky Moyo

Enquiry

Is it possible to give our Key Stage 2 pupils a genuine understanding for the differences and similarities we share with people in another country, through that country’s music?

Objectives

  • To develop staff and pupils’ confidence in being creative
  • To encourage verbal contribution to sessions
  • To explore cultures and customs (English & South African) through music and dance
  • To explore the soothing effects of music on some pupils with profound needs
  • To make learning fun

Outcomes

Staff are now able to lead the songs and music they were taught by Anna and Lucky. Pupils have been given a sense of the wider world and their connection with it. Friends and family were invited to participate in a Saturday music workshop, at which the pupils could share their experiences and demonstrate their new skills.

The impact of the project varied for each student with the staff observing some profound effects on those with the most severe needs.

The school are delighted to be continuing their partnership with Anna & Lucky through the forthcoming ‘Sharing Success Locally’ event. This day of workshops and performances will enable Pond Meadow to celebrate the achievements of this Enquiry Project with the wider community.

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There have been a good number of key impacts ranging from learning in a fun and creative way, learning as a family/team, and insight into other cultures through music and dance.

Practitioner

Many of the pupils responded well to visual and audio stimulus.

Practitioner