School children from across Coventry have joined together to journey back in time as part of a celebration of music.

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School welcomed children from five other schools across the city and further afield for a Mousike Ensemble event – a specially-written production to combine music and learning.

The theme of the event was ‘throughout time’ and saw the children perform songs based around topics they have studied or will be studying during history lessons.

Both children and staff members donned costumes to transport themselves to the past including ‘Tudor times’ where they looked at King Henry VIII, ‘space’ where they explored the life of astronaut Neil Armstrong and ‘Ancient Egypt’ and the time of Cleopatra.

The school, which is part of the Romero Catholic Academy, was joined by others from the academy including Good Shepherd, St Patrick’s and St Gregory’s Catholic Primary Schools as well as non-academy schools St Anne's Catholic Primary School and Our Lady’s Catholic Primary School, in Princethorpe.

The morning was part of a wider event which saw four schools each host a morning to bring the children together to perform songs from Mousike Ensemble.

The production was written by Paul Madia, Principal of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, and Chris Smith, Director of EmbedIT, a midlands-based company which works with schools to help them embed the latest technology into the classroom.

Paul said: “The whole of Mousike Ensemble has been an excellent way to bring children from across the academy and schools in the city together to celebrate music – through singing, playing musical instruments and having fun.
“It was themed around topics covered in the History National Curriculum and was a really interesting way to link music and performance with study.

“The children learnt a series of songs and performed using both tuned and untuned instruments. Each group also shared their very own ‘school showcase’ to show off their talents.

“We look to offer our children a rich curriculum which allows them to be creative, and music is a big part of this. We are now looking forward to arranging even more Mousike Ensemble events in the future.”