The English National Opera’s FREE music making programme for schools nationwide; bringing a fusion of opera, film and animation into your classroom, as a creative springboard for collaborative composition work. Co-created with teachers and primary specialists, this project is aligned with the KS2 curriculum, and suitable for teachers of all experience and musical levels.
- A short film especially commissioned for young audiences, presenting the opera piece ‘Blue, Red, Yellow….’
- Teacher pack, with step-by-step lesson plans and guidance from teachers
- Digital music-making films to play in the classroom
- A physical toolkit with ENO Composer badges for your pupils and a special letter for your class from the ENO
- Downloadable resources to support lesson delivery
- An online Project Briefing session for teachers, introducing the activities and resources
- A Celebration Package including: ENO certificates, DIY Animation tool, and a congratulatory video message
Why sign up?
- Develop listening and composition skills: learning how to interpret music, record music, and experiment with telling stories through music, using voice, body and instruments
- Increase self-confidence and creativity and be supported to express themselves
- Work as an ensemble to create a new music piece, bringing a sense of achievement and pride in their work
100% of teachers agreed that pupils developed composition skills over the course of the project.
90% of teachers agreed that pupils improved their self-belief, confidence and resilience.
- Access high-quality digital teaching resources and training materials co-designed by primary specialist, artists and teachers
- Develop new skills and increase their confidence in delivering whole-class composition work
- Be inspired and supported to explore and facilitate more child-led approaches to music making
100% of teachers said they were likely to recommend this project to another school.
90% of non-music specialist teachers agreed they felt more confident teaching music in the classroom.
Step 1: Toolkit Package
You will receive a teacher pack with the lesson cards and printed resources; and you will receive access to an online hub with supporting CPD videos with ENO artists modelling some of the key musical exercises
Step 2. Project Briefing
Teachers are invited to attend our online ‘Project Briefing session’. This will introduce you to each stage of the project, and run through each lesson and how you can use the resources, whilst providing a flavour of the creative activities, to ultimately support you with a confident delivery for your class. If you decide to deliver the project in the Spring Term, you can watch this recorded online session back.
Step 3. ‘The Hook’
In the first lesson your class will ‘discover’ the special toolkit package sent to your school from the ENO; they will discover a mysterious envelope with a URL that leads to the film stimulus and operatic piece ‘Blue, Red, Yellow…’
The film, along with a letter from the ENO, sets the mission to step into the role of an ENO Composer and create your own colour world using music, text and sounds, to complete the end of the opera.
Step 4. Composer mission!
You will lead the class through the process of selecting their own colour, creating their own ‘word bank’ libretto and making music. We provide you with all the support, classroom resources and guidance you need.
Step 5. Share and Celebrate
You are invited to submit your class music pieces to the ENO who will celebrate and showcase them across our digital online platforms.
Example music piece
“Silver” by Year 6 Class, Icknield Primary School, Luton