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#393 Music Adventures at Wigwams Nursery with Arts La O’Lam and DanceEast

Lisa Wright

What did we do?

Arts O lam delivered 4 sessions with a musical artist named Muntu Valdo  

We worked with Dance East and they delivered 4 music and movement sessions with approx. 25 children per session 

We bought lots of multicultural musical instruments, and resources to continue the work with the staff team 

This was new partnership between Arts o lam and Dance east 

Approx 25-40 children and 5-6 staff members took part that were attending the nursery when the sessions took place. 

The children and staff really enjoyed this project and it was wonderful to see the children so engaged by such an amazing Artist 

Lisa Wright, Nursery Manager

Summary of impact

Children’s confidence has grown along with their speech and language as they were talking about the sessions at home and with others, they were also very excited. 

Children have more knowledge and understanding of the world as the artist bought in instruments and discussed origins and told cultural stories etc. 

Children were highly engaged and excited by Muntu the artist, they listened intently to what he had to say and were fascinated by him , his stories and his instruments. 

The project definitely enriched our cultural creative curriculum through arts o lam and the resources that were purchased. 

Shared with families on social media / children spoke about their experiences at home with their families. 

The project supported children’s mental health through music, movement and dance , they also experienced lots of joy and happiness through the sessions.

New partnerships were created with artists from Dance East and Arts O Lam who we would like to continue working with. 

The project made us think about how we could provide more exciting and diverse experiences to the children.  

Many children looked forward to the artist coming and were excited about the sessions with some children asking if the artist “ could stay here and not go home”. This has encouraged us to explore different opportunities in the future for more diverse and cultural experiences from around the world.  

We have also purchased lots of diverse instruments so that the children can continue to explore through music , sounds and listening. This is also supported their PSE such as sharing , turn taking , listening , thinking and exploring feelings.  

The children’s communication has improved and many were confident in asking the asking questions and sharing with their families about the session. 

What would we do differently

The project worked extremely well , perhaps next time to consider how to get parents involved , such as a session at the weekend.  

Are there parts of the project you will continue to develop and deliver?

Yes we hope to fundraise to have more artists from Arts O lam in the future and other workshops such as the Ecat African drumming programme.  

We will be using our new resources  activities on a regular basis. 

Staff will try so seek out people to come  into the setting to share their skills, hobbies and life stories with children and families 

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