Soundschool's approach helps to improve speaking and writing, self-confidence and social skills. We make radio news/documentary style programmes about the topic of the term. Sometimes we become part of it.
We often send a radio news team back in time to cover the Roman invasion of Britain, or World War Two.
We've covered the Great Fire of London. We've interviewed Pepys and Thomas Farrinor.
We've thrown buckets of water on the flames. We've profiled the Vikings, joined them in their shipyards, on their longboats and on their raids. The latest, believe it or not, is Brexit. Seven and eight-year-olds sorting out the chaos and telling it like it is.
The children write news voice pieces, scripts for role plays, background pieces, diaries, tourist brochures (for ancient Rome), profiles and a whole lot more. They act out role plays, become experts, correspondents and reporters.
We add sound effects, music and a professionally presented linking script. The result always surprises and amazes all concerned....an all singing, all dancing "radio" documentary with children as the stars that would sit comfortably on Radio 4.
The programmes and “radio” features last anywhere from five minutes to about 20 minutes, can be about absolutely anything and can be tailored to fit in with whatever a teacher is doing in class.
They enhance the teacher’s imaginative work and help to put it into an attention-holding framework and give it focus and perspective. They allow children to see WHY they’re learning grammar and how words and sentences and descriptive colour can be used in the real world.
Mostly they’re about the curriculum and topic work the children do in school. Sometimes they’re about the school itself…… a school celebration or anniversary…..or a special event in school.
They always grab attention and they’re very inclusive.