Year 6 music lessons exploring war and peace

At a primary school in Ashton Under Lyne, a piece called ‘War and Peace’ was developed in music and literacy lessons.

Children from Year 6 were particularly moved by the Iraq war. In a literacy lesson they ‘brainstormed’ ideas around the theme of war and its effects. From these ideas they started to compose lyrics and music during music lessons with a visiting musician. A backing track was composed that showed the contrasts between war and peace.

Upon completion time was spent developing the piece so that it could be presented as a thought provoking drama. Part of this involved the design, in art lessons, of costumes and props that would enhance the dramatic impact.

The completed piece was performed to parents at school, the Manchester DEP 25th birthday party and at Manchester Cathedral, to great acclaim.

This case study is taken from: Developing the Global Dimension in the School Curriculum, DfES et al, 2005.

Find out more

Teaching resources: Find free teaching resources on the topics of Peace and Conflict

Manchester DEP: Visit the Manchester DEP website

Local support: If you are inspired by this case study and would like to do something similar in your school, or are looking for ideas for developing the global dimension, why not contact your nearest Development Education Centre?

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