Traditional Singing Games and Country Dancing in Primary Schools.

Five West Norfolk Primary Schools responded to the invitation to try some Country Dance workshops in school. Our Young Arts Organiser and a colleague, both retired Primary School Teachers, feel that some English Traditions may be in danger of being forgotten.

Gayton, Middleton Church of England Primary Academies,  Great Massingham, Harpley Church of England Primary Schools and Clenchwarton Community Primary School were all visited during January 2020. A total of approximately 8 hours of singing and dancing were enjoyed by 240 children along with school staff. They were given a brief history of Country Dance in the days before television and social media.Classes of 6 and 7 year olds played action rhymes, singing games and circle dances. The 8 to 10 year olds were introduced to turns, sidestep, gallop, dosey doe and promenade, putting them together to build up several dances.  

Barbara Vincent.  Young Arts Organiser. 

Denise Mansell.  Dance Teacher.

Young Arts King’s Lynn Autumn Term Project 2019
Music for Youth Proms at the Albert Hall


The Arts Society King’s Lynn contributed toward the costs for two small choirs, teachers , teaching assistants and parents  from local primary schools to travel to the Albert Hall on 13th November for the Music for Youth Proms.

Dersingham  Primary School and Churchill Park Complex Needs School performed in an extract from a newly composed opera - A Kind of Magic Flute. Previously, five K.L. Society members had visited the schools to listen in on rehearsals.  Norfolk Music Hub in partnership with the Come and Sing Company and Theatre Royal Norwich presented a performance involving 600 pupils from schools from across  Norfolk .  

Music for Youth believes that active music making should be available to everyone.   It was a wonderful opportunity for pupils to visit the Royal Albert Hall and be part of the Massed Ensemble, meeting youngsters from schools in different parts of the country.

Young Arts organiser and partner from our society were just amazed and delighted  to see the youngsters taking part with joy and enthusiasm,  considering  they had spent the whole day rehearsing and waiting for their big moment.  It was wonderful to be there with so many  young people giving  of  their best . The enjoyment, energy and pride, was almost tangible! A lasting memory for so many of a very special endeavour.

The whole day was a very special once in a lifetime experience. I’m told that some students are” still reliving the experience and singing through the days!” 

Barbara Vincent.  Young Arts Organiser

During the summer term of 2019, Young Arts volunteers led a series of workshops for all pupils of Whitefriars Church of England Primary Academy, King's Lynn.

420 children had the opportunity to experiment with applying poster, powder, acrylic and watercolour paint in a variety of ways. To achieve texture, glue, sand, lentils, couscous and salt were added to the paints and toothbrushes, sponges, combs, pipettes and fingers were used to apply the paints.

Each group of children had a different subject based on the overall theme of 'Water' - The Seaside, Under the Sea, The King's Lynn Panorama and abstract images of Water.

The work was displayed in The Hanse House Gallery, King's Lynn for three days and the exhibition was stewarded by Arts Society volunteers.  School timetabled classes to walk to the Gallery and the children were excited to see their work exhibited in a 'real' exhibition.  Many commented on the building and the gallery space.

Members of the public and children added complimentary comments in the Visitors Book provided.  The Headteacher and Staff agreed that this was a rewarding experience for the children and a worthwhile community project between Whitefriars School and the Arts Society.

In November 2019, Norfolk Music Hub is arranging for 600 children from across the county to attend the Royal Albert Hall for 'A Kind of Magic Flute'.  The children will be singing a 12 minute extract from this new opera.  The Arts Society King's Lynn has funded the opportunity for 18 pupils from Dersingham Primary School and 10 children and support staff from Churchill Park Complex Needs School, King's Lynn to take part in this project.