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WORKSHOPS FOR YOUNGER CHILDREN
Samia’s primary workshops are suitable from ages 4 to 12 and are based on Classical Indian Music and Songs. Activities include exploring Indian instruments, such as the tanpura, harmonium and tabla, working with simple and extended vocal exercises based on Raag (scale) and Taal (rhythm) as well as learning Classical and Bollywood songs.
Thank you so much for coming to our school to work with the children. Your calm and affirming manner with the children really helped them to understand your culture and heritage. You worked really inclusively with them thoroughly involving them in the activities that you had planned. Your work was totally appropriate for all ages in our school from Nursery through to Year 2.
Nick Southgate Headteacher Caister Infant and Nursery School
Samia’s popular and accessible workshops are linked to the National Curriculum and support schools to fulfil both Ofsted’s SMSC requirements and Global Learning objectives. For each full day of workshops, Samia will provide resources to ensure the sessions can be embedded within the curriculum.
‘Samia’s workshops were the perfect combination of information and activity – she even managed to keep our Reception and Nursery children enthralled and engaged' Primary Headteacher in Norwich
'Thoroughly enjoyable - the children learned so much and left singing!’ Year 6 teacher
‘I have had the best day of my life!’ 10 year old workshop participant
‘It was brilliant - can we do it again?’ Student in Year 1
WORKSHOPS FOR OLDER CHILDREN
Samia workshops for students from 12 to 18 years old are based on teaching songwriting skills in a safe and supported environment. She has worked with all groups and abilities of students including vulnerable groups such as refugees and asylum seekers. Samia is also happy to lead assemblies and to work with schools around issues of diversity and equality
'Samia’s love of Indian music and her ability, not only to bring it right up to date but also make it accessible, inspires children to immerse themselves in the richness one of the world’s great and ancient cultures’ Gordon Philips, Director of Norfolk Our World Festivals
'Samia’s way of working promotes understanding, builds confidence and increases self-esteem. It will help our young people to know each other.’ David Shepperd, Norfolk County Council’s former Senior Advisor on Equalities
“Samia provided a professional and engaging session in which all pupils were made to feel comfortable in the composition and sharing of protest songs. Global issues were explored in a sensitive and thought provoking fashion leading to the production of quality writing. Great fun!”
P. Norris, English Teacher and Literacy Coordinator, Taverham High School, Norfolk
'Really impressive workshop session. The students were totally focussed and I could see how much Samia achieved in a short time.' Kaja Holloway, Manager of Norfolk Education and Action for Development
'An excellent presentation assembly for Black History Month with very relevant context for Cultural Diversity in Norfolk. Our students were able to share other young people's experiences and take away some really positive messages.' Deputy head of a large Norwich high school