The lockdown announced on January 4th 2021 has obviously affected our ability to deliver in schools.  
 

However, we are still here to help and in order to assist schools deliver fun and educational music content for home/blended learning, we have launched video resources for the primary sector (3 to 11 years) that additionally supports wellbeing. The content is delivered by our specialist team and has accompanying, simple to follow, teacher packs. We are hugely excited by this aptly entitled 'Uplift' venture which is viewable and purchasable on the 'Resources' page of this website. These music resources are currently being used by over 80 schools including British International Schools and we launched our Drama series on Friday February 12th with Dance following in March.

 

NURTURE

During this COVID-19 period, we've been delighted to collaborate with a range of partners on projects and resources.  One of these has been the production of a comprehensive Foundation Phase 'Nurture' resource with NurturePro.  The resource guides teachers and schools through establishing a day to day routine for nurture and the philosophy and pedagogy behind it. It comes with 8 original songs especially written to embed the routine and behaviours of a nurturing environment.

 

Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant

If you are a school in Wales, we have put together a fantastic resource to alleviate pressure and workload on your teachers after half term with our cross curricular arts resource 'Eisteddfod Digidol'. Packed with video tutorials and activities this resource runs a virtual Eisteddfod which culminates in a film at the end of March.  An absolute must for schools wishing to celebrate the heritage of Wales.  Excitingly, we are also streaming a Welsh Music and Dance workshop for learners with the enormously talented Huw 'Clogs' Williams and his daughter Bethan. They will deliver an entertaining and fascinating bilingual ‘live stream’ show featuring traditional Welsh musical instruments, fun and haunting songs from our historic Principality and even include a Welsh clog dancing lesson!  Simply purchase a viewing link and you can air the show in your school for the learners present OR share the link on your home learning communication channels (ClassDojo, Seesaw etc) so everyone can enjoy the show at the same time regardless of where they are and many with their families!  We’ll even send you a learner pack to share with your learners. The cost of this performance is £100 plus VAT and can be booked by replying to this email. What a bargain price per pupil! Bookable via our Cwricwlwm Cymreig page.

 

Additionally, we have been producing and adding resources to assist teachers in Wales as they prepare for the forthcoming Curriculum for Wales. Please take a look at our Cwricwlwm Cymreig page for free videos to support learning about the musical culture of Wales. This page will be updated as we produce and unearth resources.  A very special thank you goes to those musicians and dancers who have contributed and shared their expertise thus far.   

 

For strategic curriculum guidance on the Expressive Arts Area of Learning (AoLE) in the new Curriculum for Wales please take a look at the training resources produced with our partners at Collective Learning.

 

Finally, if you have any requests or creative ideas that you think we could assist with, then please contact us via our contact form or telephone 0844 800 0038.

 

Best wishes and stay safe,

 

Team Upbeat