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Sing Up: Hopscotch

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch Event at the NCEM

Sing Up Hopscotch at Fishergate Primary School, York

Sing Up Hopscotch at Fishergate Primary School, York

Sing Up Hopscotch at Fishergate Primary School, York

Sing Up Hopscotch at Fishergate Primary School, York

Twenty seven primary schools in York have been invited to take part in a new initiative called Sing Up.

Sing Up is the Music Manifesto National Singing Programme, produced by Youth Music with AMV-BBDO, Faber Music and The Sage Gateshead, supported by the Government which was launched this week. Sing Up aims to raise the status of singing and increase opportunities for primary school-aged children throughout England to enjoy singing as part of their everyday lives. The £10 million government investment aims to ensure that good quality singing is central to young children's lives, in primary schools, in the home and in the wider community. The NCEM is one of 12 organisations throughout the country who were awarded a 'Hearts and Minds' award to run a singing programme.

The project, which runs in York from November 07 to March 08, is called 'Hopscotch' and it focuses on encouraging and revitalising songs and singing games in school playgrounds.

Using brightly coloured resources including a distinctive 'Song Stop' sign as well as skipping ropes and balls, a trained community musician will act as song leader taking the children through traditional and newly invented singing games together. The Hopscotch project will then train and support the older children in primary schools to become 'song leaders' themselves so that they can carry on the tradition of playing singing games with their peers and the younger children in the schools.

Each York school will have five one-hour playground singing workshops led by community musicians from the NCEM. They will work with a group of up to 20 children aged between 8 and 11 years old and a member of staff who will receive additional training to enable them to continue the singing activities in the future.

Hopscotch aims to encourage enjoyment, singing experience, confidence, leadership, social skills and healthy exercise within children and helps schools benefit from a boost to playground and social activity and from new play ideas and musical resources.

Jo Glover, the NCEM's Project Co-ordinator for Hopscotch explained that by encouraging songs that are sung in today's playgrounds, making new ones from our own and introducing traditional rhymes and games collected in York schools, Hopscotch will bring an exciting new dimension to school singing and will create happy playgrounds.

It is anticipated that the Sing Up initiative will be of tremendous benefit to schools. It will help to develop music and singing, provide training for staff in leading singing and a boost to playground and social activity.

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This project is organised in association with the City of York Council's Performing Arts Service and the North Yorkshire Business and Education Partnership in collaboration with Vocal Force.