SMSC : TRANSITION : CLUSTERS
PRIMARY SCHOOLS AND COMMUNITIES BROUGHT TOGETHER THROUGH A VIBRANT SINGING AND RECORDING PROJECT
PopUK is directed by Andy Silver founder of Pop Connection. PopUK replaces Pop Connection and is now one of the most exciting primary schools’ singing project in the UK.
“PopUK is an inspirational project”
“Schools come together and communities benefit. Every child is involved”
Bernadette Hunter: 2013-14 President,National Association of Head Teachers
The songs are vibrant, lively, fun and contain very important messages used to reinforce and celebrate key values.’
PopUK delivers the following objectives for
A unique and vibrant approach to Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural learning; an all inclusive, fun filled teaching resource for PSHE
A project for either one primary school wanting to do the project on its own, or a multi-school project bringing cluster schools together, or helping primary schools with their year 6 Transition programmes:
A five day project – 7 exciting pop songs – recording a CD – every child involved – performing a high profile community concert
What do the children experience?
PopUK believes that every child matters. Over four days the whole school learns seven life affirming, exciting pop songs each with a thought provoking theme. Each song creates a springboard for the children to explore some very important questions encouraging them to start the process of looking at some of the deeper questions of life -not ‘What do I want to do?’ and “How much do I want to earn?” but rather “Who am I?” and “Who am I becoming?” PopUK is a cross-curricular project linking Music with SMSC, Citizenship, PSHE and RE. Each year group learns the songs in three timetabled sessions, at the end of the week they are recorded, a CD is produced and a concert planned for the following week. The children learn the skill of how to sing well together, they learn the process of working towards an achievable goal, they learn the importance of teamwork and building self confidence and self esteem. If schools join together with other schools the children get to build new friendships and relationships
How does the school benefit?
Every school wants to demonstrate its ethos and values to its community. PopUK is a project that uses every child to communicate what the school stands for by singing and performing songs that promote justice, fairness, understanding, forgiveness, caring for one another. The project also provides a tool for schools to connect with one another, especially schools that have multi-school Academy status, the project helps schools remove social barriers and provides a platform for schools to make links with the wider community partnering with local organisations such as the church, other faith groups, local businesses and community groups. It provides a great model for community integration and, most importantly, the project helps schools create long-lasting, meaningful working relationships within the community.
How is it delivered?
The project can be delivered in a number of ways:
1. A ‘one school’ project – this is one school presenting their ethos and values to their local community.
2. A ‘cluster’ project – this involves bringing together schools that are part of a cluster group or schools that are part of a multi-school academy trust.
3. A ‘transition’ project – this involves bringing together year 6 pupils from different schools to perform at a local high school
The values that PopUK promote come from a Christian framework but we work with schools and communities of all faiths and also those with none. The project helps children to engage with people’s differing beliefs and diverse world views. It teaches them to respect all people whatever background or culture. The church can provide an ideal venue for the concert, encouraging the school to come off its premises to perform in the centre of the community. The concerts become a wonderful celebration of the achievements of the children and demonstrate the powerful impact of the community joining together. Other equally successful venues have included local high school halls, community centres and local theatres.
WHAT’S HAPPENING THIS WEEK?
Tues 11th – Concert at St Paul’s Church with Wellington Primary School, Hounslow
Wed 12th – Concert at Selby Abbey with Monk Fryston Primary School, N Yorks
Wed 12th – Concert at Christ Church with St Ann’s Heath Junior, Virginia Water
How much does it cost?
Please click on our Costs tab to discover various price options
For further questions about costs please email or phone Andy Silver Mob: 07980 692688 email: AndySilver@PopUK.org
What Head Teachers say….
As a Headteacher PopUK is one of the most successful projects I have been involved in. Colleagues in other schools agree. I would recommend it unreservedly to any school- you will have an amazing experience and it will leave a lasting legacy at your school.” Anne Smith – Executive Head Teacher, North Walkden Primary
“In the ten years I have been at Cheadle Heath Primary I have never seen the children so inspired by a single project. It poignantly involved every child from reception to Y6 and crossed all cultural and religious divides. Pop UK is inspirational and energised the whole school. I knew that the Pop UK experience would be good but never did I expect it to be this good!” and I really mean it!”
Christine Meekley – Head, Cheadle Heath Primary
“The whole project was excellent! The children absolutely loved it, the entire staff were so enthusiastic they even recorded their own hidden track! The parents thought the idea of being able to hold on to the CD as lasting memory of the project was wonderful. I recommend PopUK to any primary school Head Teacher” Julie-Ann Hewitt: Executive Head Teacher, Leigh, Wigan
The children are still buzzing from the concerts last week..an amazing response from the community,we sold more CDs than I would ever have imagined” – Anthony Leigh, Head, Shelton Infants, Derby
“PopUK was incredible, both children and staff absolutely loved it… Rachel was an inspiration”– Corrine Penhale, Head, Rossett Acre Primary, Harrogate
“The whole school loved every minute of it. It was wonderful that the three schools could work together, delighted to recommend the project to anyone” – Sheila McKinley, Head, Fisherton Primary, Alloway
“I have never in many years of attending events at the Victoria Hall seen such an age range of people enjoying themselves so tremendously. The idea of marrying the children’s enthusiasm for popular music with a range of lyrics embodying strong moral and community values is a stroke of genius” – The Lord Mayor of Bolton, Mr Guy Harkin
In his final address as Archbishop of Canterbury Dr. Rowan Williams praises the contribution of faith groups to national life. He describes them as “a wellspring of energy and a source of life-giving vision for how people should be regarded and treated”. PopUK’s vision is to encourage children to deepen their understanding of social, moral, spiritual and cultural issues, to help them understand other people’s beliefs therefore cultivating respect for one another, please call Andy Silver (mob: 07980 692688) or email for further details: AndySilver@PopUK.org
SONG CLIPS “Never Give Up” – a song teaching children to see the importance of standing up for children throughout the world who do not have a voice
”Glad to be me” – a song appreciating the uniqueness and gifting of every child