The Primary Robins project has been embraced wholeheartedly by the children at our school. Having had little singing teaching input or teaching, the children began the project reserved and unsure and not always giving their 'all'. After a term and a half this has changed. The children begin each session ready to enjoy themselves and cannot wait to start. Children who sometimes struggle with their learning feel equal and part of the group because the songs are sometimes familiar and straightforward to learn. They join in with enthusiasm and commitment believing that they can do well. In particular a child who was a selective mute during her time in key stage 1 and who is rarely confident enough to share or put her hand up during lessons, sung to the class alongside a small group today. Another child who suffers from childhood depression and who often 'opts out' of her learning also sang in front of the class for the first time. She was so proud of herself.
In the lead up to our Christmas performance the children worked hard to learn songs for a performance to their parents. Primary Robins worked with our classes to prepare most of these Christmas songs. The singing from all of the children was beautiful. We held some 'auditions' so that any child who wanted to sing a solo or sing alongside a small group. A child in our Year 6 group who has severe learning difficulties, as well as dyspraxia, wanted to be part of this. She worked with Annabel to perfect her solo. It was fantastic and an amazing achievement for her.
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