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Beating the drum for literacy

Can we use music to help boost recovery and wider literacy lessons in the primary school? Nicola Hankey discusses the approaches used in her school and the benefits of building music into school literacy recovery strategies

It has been said that the earliest humans sang before they ever spoke. The evolution of music is often viewed as intricately linked to the way we learn today – from the nursery rhymes we pass on through the generations to the lyrical aide memoirs we might create to help children remember their times tables or the wives of Henry VIII.

In the wake of a report published by Juniper Education (2022) which revealed how significantly literacy has been negatively impacted by the pandemic, is there a place for incorporating more music into the classroom to help close learning gaps?

The great literacy bounce-back

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