Thank you so much to you, the children and other staff at  Christ Church Primary Academy for participating in the BBC Symphony Orchestra Connecting the Dots workshops with our players yesterday and today.  Special thanks to Russell and Amanda for sorting out the technology.  We’ve had a wonderful time and really enjoyed meeting you and the various classes.  We especially loved the creative thoughts that came from the children and Alex and I will definitely remember the Kangaroo in a Lamborghini and the Frog on a BMX.  Can you remind us which animal it was on the submarine; my sound cut out briefly so I didn’t catch that one!

So that we can continue to improve these workshops in the future, we would very much appreciate it if you could find time to complete our short survey:

As promised, a few more links that you might find interesting.  Lucica, who led the workshop with Martha’s class has made a video of her performing with some of her young students which you might be interested in:

As Peter and Shirley explained, due to the constraints of Zoom it’s not possible for them to play together over that medium, but here is a short piece that they have put together with our regular guest pianist, Liz Burley, whilst they have been in isolation:

You can also find music that the BBC Symphony Orchestra has been putting together in lockdown and meet a few more of our players here:

Finally, as Alex mentioned, the Proms will be a little different this year, but you will be able to watch us in the First Night of the Proms which will be broadcast on BBC4 on 17 July:

Year 6 Sculptural Music Response

Year 6 has been working through the BBC ’10 pieces at home’ website this term.

Today, we listened to Anna Clyne’s Night Ferry and responded to the music through art.  Here are some of our interpretations:

We’ve also been lucky enough to have workshops for each class ‘bubble’ organised by BBC music through Zoom with professional musicians.  Today we had workshops from a cellist, violinist and a viola player.  Tomorrow’s workshops are with a percussionist and an oboe/cor anglais player!

Shackleton’s Journey Art

We have started reading Shackleton’s Journey and children had the opportunity to explore different media and create their own ocean-based piece using the front cover of the book as inspiration.  Here is some of our work:


Year 6 chance to meet a Musician

Next week (week commencing 22nd June 2020) all our Year 6 students will be taking part in a very exciting music project offered by musicians from the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

The project is called ‘Connecting the Dots’ and the workshops will offer schools a unique chance to meet a musician, hear them perform, ask questions and take part in musical activities together. Workshops will last 20 minutes and take place over video-conferencing technology.

Christ Church CE Primary & Nursery Academy will have five different BBC musicians working with the children and we are very excited to see what the children will learn.

Mrs Burford and the Year 6 children will report back after the project.

Watch this space!

Ideas for activities at home

Here are some interactive, free resources that you might like to try with your family.

The Bible App for Kids

This app offers animated stories, games and activities and is free to download on android, apple and kindle.  

Families can use the parent section of the website to find more free resources like colouring sheets, adventure books and parent guides.


Family Prayer Adventure Map

This website has a fantastic interactive, augmented reality prayer adventure map that you use with a smart phone or tablet.  The map is free to download, and there is a video to explain how it works. Just follow the link to start your adventure!


Act Fast First Aid Challenge

What with currently spending more time at home what a fantastic opportunity to learn new skills and learn how to save lives.

Act Fast First Aid is offering this 5-Day Challenge free of charge for you and your child / children to complete at home.

The course booklet is available here 5 Day Act Fast Challenge for Families

There are also videos available for you to watch on YouTube..
YouTube Act Fast First Aid

If you are on Twitter you can also follow First Aid in Schools by searching @AidSchools, they would love to hear how you are getting on.