St Peters Primary School & Athlone House.


Henry Croft & The pearly kings & queens

From October 2017 to December 2017 we ran a programme with Year 3 students from St Peters Primary School. For this project, it was very important for the school that there was an educational theme running through the project to satisfy curriculum targets. The project was therefore centred on the Victorian character Henry Croft and the music was comprised of a variety of East End songs from the period. We provided a pack for the school to use throughout the school term, which ensured that the theme was coherent throughout the project, while also promoting community engagement and educating children on the issues surrounding dementia. This pack contained assembly plans, lesson plans, historical information about Henry Croft and the costermongers, ideas for class activities, and song recordings and lyrics for the final performance.

Having spent the term learning about the history of Henry Croft and the Pearly Kings and Queens of London, the children put on an assembly at the end of term, performing East End songs at a tea party attended by parents and care home residents of a local home, Athlone House. The final event and performance was widely appreciated and enjoyed by all involved.

Mrs Alice Ducros, Assistant Head at St Peters' Primary School, said: “I think that the communication and support from The Music Project was excellent. The children have benefited greatly from learning about local history and from integrating with people from our local community”.

Carolyn Smith-Shaw of Athlone House Care Home, said: “The liaison and support were excellent... It was great for the residents and staff of the home to feel part of the larger community”.

Andrew Hart, Year 3 Teacher at St Peters, said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for the children to learn about the culture and traditions of the area of the city in which they live ... They also put their social skills into practice and it was lovely to see the children interacting with empathy”.