IanPittaway SchoolWorkshopsSchool workshops

Ian has 20 years’ experience of work in primary and secondary schools. He has an enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) check, enabling work with children and vulnerable adults — paperwork produced on request.

 

For current workshop prices, email Ian.

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Tudor Day of Dance
The Terrible & Terrific Tudors
Singing the Times ~ ballad writing in action
Junk Music ~ how to make rubbish music!
Living with the Tudors ~ with The Night Watch
Musical History Tour ~ with The Night Watch 

 

 

Tudor Day of Dance

 

Cross-curricular History, PE and Music.
Suitable for Key Stage 2

Tudor Day of Dance

This one day (or half day) cross-curricular workshop focuses on learning some of the most popular dances of the renaissance period: the stately pavan; some energetic branles; and the jaunty almain.

In rest breaks, Ian will explain his Tudor clothes, introduce and play a range of period instruments, and teach some of the most popular Tudor songs.

What better way could there be of learning about history than participating in it and experiencing its cultural activity? All you need is dance-size room: Ian will take care of the all the dance activities and the accompanying music.     

“I felt like I was actually in Tudor times … It gave us a chance to learn while doing something fun.”

~ pupil comments from workshop evaluation

 

The Terrible & Terrific Tudors

Tudors

Cross-curricular Music and History.
Suitable for Key Stage 2.

This one day workshop can be used as an introduction to the topic of the Tudors or to round off a scheme of work and reinforce learning. If you’d like to include an aspect not listed below, just ask.

Ian will cover the following topics with participation and interaction, with Tudor clothes and Tudor speech …

Who were the Tudors? ~ Examine evidence for the Tudor lifestyle in their paintings and in Ian’s clothes; find out how many uses there were for a Tudor sheep; and discover their surprising hygiene and toilet habits.

Dancing with the Tudors ~ Learn how the Tudors danced by taking part in a pavan and a branle. (Non-dancers will be dance judges.)

Crime and punishment game ~ Can your team match the crime to the Tudor punishment?

Songs the Tudors loved ~ Discover the stringed instruments of the period (8 in all), from the lute with strings of sheep gut and the cittern with strings of iron to the harp that brays like a donkey; and join in with Tudor songs and Tudor tunes.

Skills covered in this workshop: communication; singing and musical time-keeping; physical co-ordination; co-operative working; improving own learning and performance through self-assessment and peer assessment; deduction and critical thinking skills.

A version of this workshop with additional drama and bowed and wind instruments is available with The Night Watch — see Living with the Tudors below. 

Singing the Times ~ ballad writing in action

Ballad Singer

Cross-curricular English, Music and History.
Suitable for Key Stage 2 or 3.

This cross-curricular English, Music and History one day workshop is a chance for pupils to hear and understand the oral tradition of the ballads of England, and to participate in being ballad-mongers, composing their own songs in the ballad style. Centuries before William Wordsworth and Samuel Coleridge wrote literary ballads for the page, ‘common people’ around the world were composing folk ballads, song-stories to be sung in public and in the home, and passed on down the generations.

This workshop concentrates on the ballad as an act of communal musical story-telling within its own social history, so together we’ll discover how songs can tell us a great deal about people, events and attitudes of the day. I draw upon examples from the oral tradition, from printed broadsides of the 16th-19th centuries, and from the work of ballad collectors such as Cecil Sharp and Ralph Vaughan Williams, leading on to pupils’ own ballad compositions and performances.

Skills covered in this workshop: communication; musical metre; I.T. (where available in your school); co-operative working; improving own learning and performance through self-assessment and peer assessment; critical thinking skills. 

 

Junk Music ~ how to make rubbish music!

Junk Music

Cross-curricular Music, Geography and Citizenship.
Suitable for Key Stage 2.

Junk music is a wonderful way to combine skills in Music, application of knowledge in Geography, and key themes in Citizenship.

This one day workshop uses everyday objects, so often thrown away, to use as musical instruments — a springboard for learning about rhythm, texture, musical notation, voice projection and descriptive music. We then use these objects to discover where our household items come from and where they go after we’ve thrown them away — an opportunity to learn about sustainability, world development and recycling. We then build on that knowledge to encourage student leadership and citizenship in the home, the school, and the world — and to reflect upon the part we can all play in building a sustainable future.

For this workshop, pupils are encouraged to bring in their own materials to make junk music, as this gives pupils a greater sense of responsibility and participation. A list of materials is provided on request.

Skills covered in this workshop: communication; singing and musical time-keeping; co-operative working; improving own learning and performance through self-assessment and peer assessment; critical thinking skills. 

 

Living with the Tudors ~ with The Night Watch

Living With The Tudors

Cross-curricular Music, History, Dance and Drama.
Suitable for Key Stages 2 and 3.

A one day workshop with two Tudors transported into the present day to help pupils discover the answers to … Who were the Tudors? How did they dress? What did their music sound like? What instruments did they play? How did they speak? What food did they eat? How did Henry VII’s pet monkey ‘eat history’? Why did Henry VIII have 6 wives? Why was Queen Elizabeth known as“good Queen Bess”? Why did the Tudors burn so many as witches?

A day of singing Tudor songs, seeing a wide range of their wind, bowed and plucked musical instruments, learning about Tudor crime and punishment, being judge and jury in a witch trial, putting someone very naughty in the stocks, and taking part in Tudor music and dance.

Skills covered in this workshop: communication; singing and musical time-keeping; physical co-ordination; co-operative working; improving own learning and performance through self-assessment and peer assessment; deduction and critical thinking skills.

 

Musical History Tour ~ with The Night Watch

Musical History Tour

Specialist Music workshop, suitable for Key Stages 3 and 4.

A whistle-stop tour through the music of the middle ages, renaissance, baroque, Victorian, Edwardian and post WWII periods—all in one day! This day is especially suitable for Gifted and Talented musicians and/or those in the school band. The Night Watch provide all the musical notation so that pupils understand the music of each period by actually playing it (music for instruments in C, Bb, Eb plus chords for guitar). The day ends with a grand finale, which you may have as a performance for a year group, Key Stage or parents.

National curriculum skills covered … communication; working with others; improving own learning and performance; problem solving; and thinking skills

Skills covered in this workshop: music sight-reading; communal playing of music; co-operative working; critical thinking skills; judging musical themes and patterns; improving own learning and performance through self-assessment and peer assessment.