It’s January and the Hull’s year as UK City of Culture has finally got underway! Although I missed the fantastic New Year’s Eve fireworks, I was in Hull a few days later to meet some of the local teachers at one of our Minute of Listening Continuing Professional Development sessions. They were all keen to start using Minute of Listening and get more ideas for creative activities, including making their own minutes for the next Hull soundpack.
Whilst the vast majority of Hull primary schools have signed up for Minute of Listening and received their packs, there are some who are yet to bite the bullet and have a go at delivering it in the classroom. But the message from the teachers I met is that it’s easy and fun to use, just have a go!
Hull primary teacher Rachel says she has been saving Minute of Listening so she can introduce it to pupils now that the City of Culture has started; she’s now ready to go! Helen, another Hull primary teacher, is planning on using it as a focal point to settle pupils down after the lunch break, whilst a teacher in one of the city’s SEND schools is looking forward to the opportunity for 1-2-1 work and personalised learning Minute of Listening offers.
The Minute of Listening website has lots of ideas and resources to help you get started, or watch our short tutorial video for a quick overview of how it works.
There’s one more CPD session in Hull this academic year and three more next year too. So it’s not too late to come along and get involved! The next one is at the Albemarle Centre on Tuesday 28th March, 4 – 6pm. Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to come.
We are also amassing a range of resources and ideas for creative music-making activities from the two sessions we have run so far. Hull schools are welcome to contact us on email@example.com if you would like to have them, or to get any help or support in using Minute of Listening in your school.