Last month, almost 4,500 primary pupils across the Group joined together for a series of virtual singing and body percussion assemblies as part of Green Love.
Delivered by United Learning in partnership with The Voices Foundation and Beat Goes On, Green Love is an exciting music and performing arts project designed to develop our young peoples’ musical skills and engage them in conversations about climate change. As part of the project, pupils are learning six original songs inspired by the environment and composed by Alexander L’Estrange and Joanna Forbes L’Estrange, as well as accompanying body percussion rhythms.
As schools across the country got underway with rehearsals this term, our primary pupils had the opportunity to take part in four group-wide singing and body percussion assemblies. Led by Stuart Overington from The Voices Foundation and Ollie Tunmer from Beat Goes On, the virtual assemblies gave pupils a platform to rehearse Green Love tunes and moves alongside their peers.
Each week, primary classes tuned in to the online music sessions, immersing themselves in songs including ‘In Danger’ and ‘Spread the Green Love’. In the fourth and final assembly, almost 2,000 pupils from over 60 primary classes took part, moving enthusiastically as Ollie helped them refine their body percussion rhythms for ‘Global Warning’.
A Year 2 pupil at Ham Dingle Primary School, said:
“I loved doing the Green Love assemblies because we got to move around a lot and learn about how we can protect the animals.”
Simon Wilkinson, Music Co-ordinator at Ham Dingle Primary School, said:
“Our pupils have really enjoyed learning the Green Love songs and taking part in the assemblies. Being involved in the project has really strengthened their knowledge of climate change and made them more aware of what is going on in the world around them.”
In the coming weeks, schools are set to record their individual Green Love performances, with the help of an expert sound engineer. These performances will be combined to create a group-wide Green Love film, premiering in the Autumn Term.
Catherine Barker, Head of Music and Performing Arts at United Learning, said:
“Thank you to Stuart Overington and Ollie Tunmer for delivering these fantastic, interactive sessions for our primary pupils. I was delighted to see so many of our primary classes tune in to the virtual assemblies and, likewise, to watch the excitement and enthusiasm shown by pupils as they rehearsed. Our pupils have really immersed themselves in Green Love and I have no doubt that their hard work will shine through when it comes to recording their final performances.”