Sparkyard: Harnessing the power of singing and music

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Schools’ music publisher Out of the Ark Music has launched its new subscription service, Sparkyard.

Grounded in thorough research and drawing on more than 30 years of industry knowledge and expertise, Sparkyard is a transformational tool for primary education which will allow every teacher in your school to harness the power of singing and music.

Putting singing at the very heart of your school life will not only positively impact wellbeing and social cohesion but, as our research has shown, it can also improve academic performance across all curriculum subjects.

An online platform fully optimised for use on mobile, tablet, desktop and whiteboard, Sparkyard is jam-packed with resources.

Containing nearly 1,000 songs, a flexible music curriculum, values- and topic-based assemblies and plans, and an abundance of curriculum links, teaching tips and music activities, it is sure to help you harness the power of singing to transform your school.

In 2017, Out of the Ark Music and Professor Susan Hallam conducted a major, year-long research project to measure the impact that fully integrating singing into the school curriculum could have on a range of measures including wellbeing, social inclusion, pupil and teacher confidence, as well as academic attainment. The results far exceeded expectations.

Prof Hallam noted: “The children with the lowest prior music attainment showed the greatest statistically significant levels of change in relation to listening skills and phonics. Qualitative responses indicated that singing together improved the mood of the children and that children worked better together.”

Headteacher Paul Quinton added: “This year has been transformational. It just works in every aspect of school life. I’d unreservedly recommend it.”

All this knowledge, plus years of experience and expertise, has been distilled into this exciting new product. You can try Sparkyard now, completely free for 30 days and ignite the spark in your school.

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