Miner to Major Workshops 2018

Posted on by Anita O'Donovan

Miner to Major 2018

For the last four years the Museum’s learning team have worked with the fantastic team at Wakefield Music Hub to deliver an action-packed two-day music and heritage Arts Award project.

Each June, Year 5/6 pupils from schools across the Horbury Pyramid come together at the Museum to develop musical skills, learn about mining heritage and to challenge themselves to try new things and work with different people. This year 20 pupils achieved an Arts Award Discover.

This is what one of the lovely pupils, from St Peters and Clifton Primary School, who took part had to say about the experience...

On the 7th and 8th of June, some class mates and I visited the National Coal Mining Museum for England to take place in a music event call Minor to Major. When we arrived we met Phil and Jayne who were both very welcoming. We made name badges and were given Arts Award log books to complete. The first activity was a South African ‘gumboot’ dance followed by a trip down the mine. We went into the underground classroom and made up our own lyrics to a folk song with Bryony Griffith called ‘With a Basket full of Coal Dust’, taking inspiration from our surroundings. Also, we researched the ‘Say it Loud’ poster exhibition, played samba, junk percussion and the ukulele.

Day 2 started with a visit to Aunty Brenda who told us about the mining days followed by the IPad orchestra with Nick the Nerd!!!!!

The day ended with a performance, to showcase all the amazing things we had done, to family and friends. It was a very special experience and wish I could do it all again!!



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