Shiphay Learning Academy: Young Voices, Symphony Orchestra and Makaton Singing

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2021)

Shiphay Learning Academy has been participating in an array of activities linked to Music and the Arts. They have also been learning collaboratively with the other schools in the Riviera Education Trust: Roselands Primary School and Oldway Primary School.

As part of the BBC’s Connecting the Dots programme, all three schools were lucky enough to ‘meet’, via Zoom, musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra. We heard them play and also had the chance to ask questions. We learnt that if you make a mistake, the most important thing is to ‘Not tell your face!’

We have also been involved with Young Voices: this is a national charity which gives children the opportunity to sing in massed choirs in arenas across the country. For the last 4 years, the schools in our Trust have been travelling to the Genting Arena in Birmingham to participate in this fantastic experience.  Although Young Voices concerts have been postponed this year, all our children will have the chance to participate in a Guinness World Record Breaking attempt. On June 15th, our children will sing and/or sign the song ‘Lovely Day’ by Bill Withers along with legend, Billy Ocean, who will be singing in the O2 Arena. We are aiming to break the current world record as well as support Place2Be, a charity focussed on supporting positive mental health in schools.

In addition to these Music activities, Shiphay is planning to become a Makaton Friendly School. Every week they are learning new Makaton signs and are sharing these with one another across the school.  They are also learning an array of songs and the associated Makaton Signs.

Future projects will see the 3 schools across the Trust getting involved in Devon Wide performance opportunities through the Music Hub. While it is likely that these will take place remotely, we are ever hopeful that real, live performances with real, live audiences will soon be possible.

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Kimberley is a Primary School Teacher in Torbay with a specialist area of Wellbeing and Personal Development. Kimberley works closely alongside Torbay Teaching School Alliance and the Department for Education to provide schools and the local community with the best possible learning and development opportunities.