We were very pleased to award Kingsway Junior School (Watford) an award to purchase a whole range of Djembe drums to enhance their music curriculum offering. Kingsway will also tie the drums in with geography, history, art, dram and English with such activities as a visit from Bigfoot theatre to celebrate black history month.As Jo Beale (Music Coordinator) wrote in her application:
The vision is for each year group to learn an instrument each year. Within the last year, we have purchased glockenspiels and ukuleles. We offered an after-school Ukulele club. Fitting into our Music scheme, the Djembe drums would contribute to our national curriculum aims of "perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians".
Jo also explained how drumming has, in her experience, been particularly effective at motivating boys which is a focus at Kingsway at the moment. The drums will also be used in a PPG nurture group and be showcased at a performance for parents.