Youngsters are hitting right note

NBENLMSCH110519C6 - Kilburn junior school Louder than Life music class. from left Merryn Lighton, eight and Abbie Archer, eight
NBENLMSCH110519C6 - Kilburn junior school Louder than Life music class. from left Merryn Lighton, eight and Abbie Archer, eight

the children at a junior school in Kilburn are riding high and singing loud thanks to two exciting projects.

For youngsters at Kilburn Junior School are taking part in a bike ability project and music classes run by Derbyshire Music Partnership.

NBENLMSCH110519C5 - Kilburn junior school Louder than Life music class. from left Sam Redfern, nine, Carol Stephens and Max Bower, nine

NBENLMSCH110519C5 - Kilburn junior school Louder than Life music class. from left Sam Redfern, nine, Carol Stephens and Max Bower, nine

The bike ability project, which involved all the ten and eleven-year-old pupils in year six, saw the children go out on the streets on their bicycles.

Head teacher Nigel Pratley said: “It is looking to assess children’s skills and build their skills so they are able to cycle more safely and improve their road safety.

“It is more detailed and involved than the cycling proficiency test.

“They take a graded assessment that looks at their skills as road users such as turning left and right, competent control of the bicycle, and bike maintenance.”

NBENLMSCH110519C4 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project

NBENLMSCH110519C4 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project

The youngsters, who use their own bikes, get a Bike Ability level two qualification at the end of it.

Mr Pratley added: “It is a national accreditation.”

The music partnership is a Derbyshire County Council project that aims to provide quality instrumental and vocal tuition to pupils in schools.

At Kilburn, the children in years three and four (seven-to-nine-year-olds) have spent the past year on the project. They have been taught various drumming and percussion skills.

NBENLMSCH110519C3 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project

NBENLMSCH110519C3 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project

The music partnership provides support for music development in areas such as singing projects, workshops, projects for special schools, and organising live performances.

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NBENLMSCH110519C1 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project

NBENLMSCH110519C1 - Kilburn junior school bike ability project