Celebrating the pilot version of Finish This… in Primary schools

13th December 2021 in News

A new music making programme for KS2 classes

‘It has been fantastic! The children had so much fun – every step was accessible to them and allowed them to show their own personalities through their creativity. My class have previously struggled to work together as a team, but having this project gave them a focus for doing so and it brought the class together just when we needed that.’
Year 6 teacher, All Souls C of E Primary School

We know that the last 18 months has been an especially challenging time for children and schools and the time to work collaboratively and creatively with peers has been hugely limited for pupils.

Finish This… is a new music making programme, providing schools with a package of digital films, learning resources and teacher CPD training, to empower teachers to lead and deliver new creative approaches to music making in the classroom.

Using an especially commissioned piece of music, the programme aims to inspire pupils to imagine new possibilities, express themselves through music, work as a team, and develop their listening and composition skills. All through the lens of opera.

The programme is built around an opportunity to create and produce their own work through an invitation to respond to, and resolve, unfinished artistic work. Their musical response pieces are presented as a short animation film, bringing their music composition to life.

This Autumn, we launched a pilot of Finish This… in six primary schools from across Luton and London, and we are delighted to showcase and celebrate their brilliantly creative work online.

A HUGE congratulations to the 650 pupils in Key Stage 2 who participated from the following ENO Partner Schools:

  • All Souls C of E Primary School
  • Bushmead Primary School
  • Icknield Primary School
  • Normand Croft Community Primary School
  • Parklea Primary School
  • Rushey Green Primary School

‘We’ve never done anything like this before and I like trying something new, it’s fun.’
Year 3 pupil, Rushey Green Primary School

‘I liked making the actual music. It was fun because you can test out new ways, and be more creative. I liked that when we were making the music it gave us a variety of options. More choice… more creative.’
Year 6 pupil, Icknield Primary School, Luton

Check out a musical response piece from Rushey Green Primary School: