English National Opera’s new music making programme for KS2

Schoolchildren taking part in English National Opera's KS2 music making programme

Finish This… invites your class to be ENO composers and tasks them with a mission to respond to, and resolve, a purposefully unfinished operatic piece titled ‘Blue, Red, Yellow…’, presented through film and animation straight to your classroom.

It’s a unique musical starting point for your pupils to embrace their imaginations, express themselves and experiment with sounds, music, colour and stories – all through the lens of opera.

What’s included?

  • A short opera film especially commissioned for young audiences
  • Online teacher CPD
  • Toolkit of classroom activity films and resources
  • Scheme of work and supporting CPD films
  • ENO Composer badges and certificates

The programme is free for all state primary schools nationwide, is packed with KS2 curriculum learning links and has been co-created with teachers, artists and learning specialists.

“Easy to understand lesson plans and videos which guided teachers of all experience and musical levels”

Teacher from Icknield School, Luton

“It was great that it felt like the children’s composition, not simply something that they were given to perform or adapt”

Teacher from Rushey Green Primary School, Lewisham

Pupils will:

  • Develop their musical listening and appraisal skills
  • Develop self-confidence, independent thinking, and skills such as resilience and compromise
  • Be supported to express their personalities and creative ideas – there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ 
  • Record their end musical product, celebrating their achievements through collaborative work

Teachers will:

  • Develop confidence in delivering composition work
  • Be supported with CPD to explore child-led approaches to music learning
  • Access digital resources and training materials, co-designed by primary specialists, teachers and artists
  • Have flexibility in how they choose to deliver the programme

“There are so many skills that were developed alongside the music, and I think that was really powerful”

KS2 teacher from Bushmead School, Luton

“It has been fantastic! The children had so much fun – every step was accessible to them and allowed them to show their own personalities through their creativity”

KS2 teacher from All Souls C of E Primary School, London

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