March 18, 2019
The School Council of Frederick Nattrass Primary Academy, which is sponsored by Northern Education Trust, raised with their Principal that they wanted to sing songs in assembly that meant something to them (the School Council is made up of children representing their fellow students). The academy responded to the pupil voice with enthusiasm, knowing that the benefits would be many. They worked in partnership with iSingPOP, involving the whole school in a singing, recording and performing project, which would raise the students’ self- esteem, develop their singing ability, as well as forging stronger links with their local community.
iSingPOP are a Christian organisation who help to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils and their place in the community. They work with primary schools on singing and recording projects, that bring together the school, community and local church, by using the entire school to produce their very own pop album, then perform the songs in a concert in a local church.
Spending a week with the school, Ashling McCann, Project Leader with iSingPOP, worked with the children for three days, teaching them the songs and the dance moves, before recording their unique CD on the fourth day. The children then performed the songs in two concerts in their local church, St Mary’s in Norton Village, to which parents and the community were invited. The event had the highest uptake of parental involvement the school had ever enjoyed, along with members of the community, the church and local councillor Steve Nelson – all joining in and singing along with the songs.
Emma Roffe, Principal of Frederick Nattrass said: “As part of the music curriculum, and in line with our values, we wanted to raise the profile of singing in our school, as well as strengthen links with our local community and church. Our children had expressed their wishes to sing songs that were meaningful to them, and iSingPOP provided the perfect solution. Their specially written songs carry strong, positive messages about friendship and love, which really resonate with the children as they understand what they’re singing about. It was wonderful to see how much the children enjoyed and engaged with the project, and we will be singing these songs in assembly from now on”.
Members of the church often go into the school to read with the children, and Reverend Martin, the Priest-in-Charge of St Mary’s was full of praise for the concert, and very keen to set up future projects with the academy.
The CD is available to buy from the school, for £7. iSingPOP is a not for profit charity, and any income from sales goes back into the charity.