Or is it that children just don’t want to work?

If they are not interested, then they

  • don’t do homework.
  • don’t revise.
  • won’t even get started with writing.

 

How do you get them involved?

This is not just your problem it is every teacher’s nightmare.

It was just to solve this problem, along with our love of history, that led us to setting up www.educationalmusicals.co.uk.

We were disappointed that so many children found history boring, so much so that in our show The Victorian Historian https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-victorian-historian/ we have a  song called “History is Boring”, and it’s the opening song!

We have very carefully composed our songs so that children, love to sing them, so then by default they get themselves involved in history.  For example, in our show Trafalgar ­- Nelson’s Finest Hour https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/trafalgar/ we have a song “A Lesson in Naval Warfare”. In it Lord Nelson explains his tactics to win the battle, a Admiral Lord Nelson in full dress uniform with his fleet in the backgroundtactic that changed naval warfare for the next 150 years.  Over 400,00 children have sung this song, they even walked around the school singing it. However, they also learnt how he won and then, realised that history wasn’t boring anymore, it was real.

Those many schools that have performed our shows, have told us how it

  • Enthuses the children.
  • They then start singing the songs as they walk around the school.
  • Finally, they enjoy learning their history!

Girl at computer dreaming of being an Egyptian.She doesn't want to read about them she wants to be one.

 

Just like our famous cartoon on the left, they only learn when they can be in history.

 

Performing in musicals they can, for a short period, be an Egyptian, a Victorian, or even a Tudor King with the result is that they:

  • Get interested in the subject.
  • remember what they are learning.
  • want to learn about other moments in history.

 

Suddenly, as if a miracle has occurred, they will:

  • start doing their homework, well occasionally!
  • Won’t have to revise as by default they already know about the subject.
  • Much more importantly, they become more attentive.

Of course, once they get involved in our musicals there are even more benefits, for example:

  • A school in Coventry projected the script on the wall behind the audience to give the children confidence in the words. Until then they were having problems with their literacy, and suddenly they were able to read the script on the wall! Literacy improved dramatically.
  • A primary school in a rough area decided that there would be no teachers backstage during the performance. It worked and most importantly taught the children the importance of teamwork.
  • Another school gave the part of Herod in The Star Child – The Christmas Story, to the most disruptive child in the class. As a result, he changed, became a pleasant child, all because he really wanted to be recognised. https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-star-child/

A complete cast singing one of the songs.We believe that when a child performs on a stage it is their parents they want to impress and for this reason they excel themselves.  The benefit is that while doing this they find themselves enjoying it, they shine, then their curiosity clicks in, they want to learn more.

History is an important subject, and if we don’t learn to enjoy it, we will keep repeating the mistakes of the past.

 To see all our musicals, go to www.educationalmusicals.co.uk

This is why Educational Musicals’ vision is to make history fun!