Pupils at Amberley School and St James’ School in Coldwaltham joined together for the day to listen to and to perform music from across the globe.
Music from around the world could be heard in the different classrooms; Samba band rhythm was blasted out of one classroom, Chinese pentatonic scales were being composed in another, whilst harmonies of African song and the unique tones of the didgeridoo emerged from other parts of the building.
Teacher Su Cork who organised the day said: “The children really enjoyed participating in global music experiences for the day and the benefits of learning and taking part in musical activities are immense.”
Visiting didgeridoo musician Jonathan Cope explained the origins of the Aboriginal instrument and gave demonstrations to the children who then had the opportunity both to play didgeridoos and then to make and design their own working version of the instrument.
The schools are also blessed with a wealth of talented music teaching staff who led Samba Band, African Song and Chinese composition to all the different age groups of children through the day.
The day ended with a performance of didgeridoo playing to parents.
Amberley School and St James’ School regularly come together to plan and share activities.
Being small schools it allows affordability of these exciting curricular events and enables the children to build friendships across the schools and for the teachers to share their expertise.
The schools say there are many benefits for children to have their education in village schools where class sizes are small and the teachers really get to know the children as individuals.
To find out more about the schools or to arrange a visit, see the websites at www.amberley.w-sussex.sch.uk and www.st-james-coldwaltham.w-sussex.sch.uk