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Five Reasons To Do An Out of the Ark Nativity
At Out of the Ark Music, we love nativities (we’ve published over 50 of them)! Every year, we love to see and hear about all the fantastic performances schools put on up and down the country. We feel really privileged to help schools reap the amazing benefits of this festive tradition. But why should YOU do an Out of the Ark Music nativity this year? Let us tell you why…
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Meet The Team And Hear Our Favourite Christmas Songs!
For our last blog of the year we thought we’d give you a little introduction to a few of our team in the form of their favourite Out of the Ark Christmas songs. Wishing you a Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year, from all of the staff at Out of the Ark Music!
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Get Into The Christmas Spirit With A School Christmas Playlist!
At Out of the Ark Music we think one of the best ways to get into the Christmas spirit is with Christmas music! With everyone in their separate bubbles, creating a Christmas playlist to use in every classroom around the school is a great way to keep the spirit of whole-school togetherness alive. 
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Tips For Filming Your Nativity
Here at Out of the Ark we have loved hearing the innovative ways in which schools are still managing to put a show on this Christmas, in spite of the many challenges this year – including one school that is hiring a stable and performing outside! However, if you don’t happen to have any farm buildings available(!), here are some tips on how to go about filming your nativity, whether you are working in one or more separate bubbles, singing or not singing.
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Out of the Ark Music Asks: Mark, Helen And Naomi Johnson, Writers Of It's A Miracle!
As part of our “Out of the Ark Music Asks” series, here we talk to Mark, Helen and Naomi Johnson, writers of our brand-new nativity It’s A Miracle! for ages 5-9. Set half in heaven and half on earth, this nativity captures all the beauty and wonder of the true Christmas story, with just the right amount of humour. The story begins when we meet the ‘Holy-gram’ machine, a new and divine way for God to communicate. When the Holy-gram sends a very important message to the angels, they fly into a panic. How busy they will all be – there’s just so much to do!
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Out of the Ark Music Asks: Danielle Marsh And Lin Marsh, Writers Of The Angel Who Nearly Missed It All
As part of our “Out of the Ark Music Asks” series, here we talk to Danielle Marsh and Lin Marsh, writers of The Angel Who Nearly Missed It All, our brand-new nativity for 4-9 year olds. There have been HOURS of rehearsals and much preparation for the incredibly important role that the Angel Chorus will need to play to spread the news of the birth of a very special baby. But, are they ready? Well, one angel most certainly isn’t! Join Late Angel, the Angel Chorus and a whole host of familiar characters in this exceptionally well-written nativity by Danielle Marsh and Lin Marsh.
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Out of the Ark Music Asks: Gaynor Boddy And Rebecca Kincaid, Writers Of A Bundle Of Joy!
As part of our “Out of the Ark Music Asks” series, here we talk to Rebecca Kincaid and Gaynor Boddy, writers of our brand-new nativity for 3-6 year olds, A Bundle Of Joy! Discover a particularly special bundle of joy this Christmas, with our beautifully simple nativity that is bundles of fun! Sure to warm everyone’s hearts, it is full of all the traditional nativity characters plus someone you haven’t met before – Grumble, the grumpy, grumbly donkey who travels to Bethlehem with Mary and Joseph.
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Our #candomusic Ideas For Harvest
Harvest Festival is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the Harvest Moon, which this year is Sunday 4th October 2020. But harvest isn’t just one day, it’s a season, and the message of thankfulness that harvest brings is relevant year-round. Whether you're working with a small group or bubbles, singing or not singing, we believe that a harvest celebration is not only possible, but is a wonderful opportunity to explore themes of thankfulness, food and the seasons. 
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Top Ideas For Putting On A Bubble-Friendly Nativity For Christmas 2020
Fluffy little sheep, cute angels, donkeys, shepherds, wise men, Mary, Joseph and of course the baby Jesus – the wonderful tradition of the school nativity play. But just how are schools going to put them on this year when there are still so many unknowns being thrown up by the coronavirus pandemic? Do not despair! The nativity musical is alive and well. As someone who regularly puts on musicals in schools, I have thought and thought around this unprecedented complication and come to the conclusion that there are so many ways to give the children the same wonderful experience with just a few little pandemic-friendly tweaks.
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Top 10 Songs For Primary School Leavers
The transition between primary and secondary school is an important moment for pupils, and it’s an occasion schools up and down the country put a lot of effort into marking. Leavers’ assemblies might look a little different this year, but just as teachers and students have adapted their learning for this unusual time, we know there’ll be lots of innovative ways to adapt leavers’ assemblies.
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Why Are Nativities Still Important?
It's that time of year again! There's a flurry of activity up and down the country as children and parents prepare for this year's Nativity. Few stories are so widely known as the Nativity story, and the annual tradition of tinsel and tea towels is one that brings a whole lot of joy across the ages. Nativities present a special opportunity for children and adults alike to be reminded of the story of Christmas and the reason we celebrate.
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The Lost Traditions Of Christmas
Of any season throughout the year, Christmas is definitely the one with the most tradition and heritage throughout the western world. From Christmas turkeys to Christmas number 1s, from stockings to school nativities, there are even some newer traditions such as ‘The Elf on the Shelf’ making their way into our Christmas routines. Not all festive traditions have stood the test of time, however. Many have declined in popularity whilst others have been consigned to the history books.
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The History Of The Christingle
In recent years Christingle services have become a popular Christmas tradition. They are held between late November and Christmas in churches and schools around the UK. Familiar carols are often sung and readings are read, whilst the Christingles that children have made are lit.
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The Highs And Lows Of Putting On A Nativity: A Guest Blog By Kelly Fort
It surprises us all how quickly the Christmas season comes around each year and I’m sure it comes around even more quickly for anyone who, like me, is producing any kind of Christmas performance. It’s around this time that I start gearing up for work on nativities, musical shows and youth events as part of my role as a lay worker for the Methodist church in Burnley.
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Top Classroom And Assembly Ideas For Remembrance Day
This Remembrance Day, 11th November, many schools across the country will be paying their respects with a remembrance school assembly or service, or special classroom activity. Helping kids understand the significance and importance of Remembrance Day can be difficult. To make it easier, we have composed a list of ideas on how you can teach children about the reason why the nation holds two minutes of silence on the 11th hour of the 11th month every year.
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The 12 Tips Of Christmas
At Out of the Ark Music, we empathise with you and the chaos Christmas has brought into your world yet again. So, to make things a little easier in the lead up to one of your biggest Christmas musicals yet, we’ve composed a list of top tips for putting on your Christmas play.
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A Guide To Putting On A Christmas Concert
Out of the Ark Music Christmas school assembly songs and songbooks have been delighting schools for many years. They are a fabulous opportunity to create your own Christmas concert to suit your needs, or indeed choose just a few of your favourites for a great school assembly or Christmas classroom sing-along. The scope for performance opportunities is wide, so we have created 3 playlist suggestions from our most popular Christmas songbooks packed with wonderful primary school songs and songs for younger years to give you an idea of how you may like to form your Christmas concert this year. The playlists are by no means exhaustive but give you a great place to start. So, grab a Santa hat, stand up straight, take a deep breath and get ready to put on the greatest concert of the year!
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Harvest Worship - Top Tips On Planning Your Harvest Festival Assembly
Whether your school is planning a large harvest festival celebration in partnership with a local church, or simply a harvest assembly with a religious theme, here are a few ideas to get you started.
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Top 5 Harvest Crafts For Your Primary School - A Guide To A Crafty Harvest
It’s harvest time again and here at Out of the Ark Music, we’re finding even more reasons to celebrate the season. Our wonderful catalogue of autumn and harvest songs have inspired us to seek out fun and crafty activities for kids – perfect for the classroom! Have a go at singing along to some Out of the Ark Music songs whilst creating some DIY harvest crafts. Better still, why not host a harvest assembly and display these wonderful autumn crafts for all to see?
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Top Ways To Celebrate Harvest In Your Primary School
The Harvest Festival is traditionally celebrated on the Sunday nearest the Harvest Moon, which this year is Sunday 23rd September 2018. But harvest isn’t just one day, it’s a season, and the message of thankfulness that harvest brings is relevant year-round. So, extend your school’s harvest festivities with these fabulous harvest celebration ideas for primary schools!
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Top Tips For Putting On A Nativity
It's that time of year again! There'll be a flurry of activity up and down the country as schools prepare for this year's nativity. From choosing a cast, learning the songs, rehearsing the lines, sending the invitations out, to searching the back of the cupboard for the baby Jesus doll, it's a busy time ahead. So, to help you with your preparations, here are a few top tips:
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Top 5 Harvest Songs For Schools
The moon continually waxes and wanes throughout the year, but full moons have traditionally been given some beautifully poetic names – Moon after Yule and the Wolf Moon happen in the first quarter of the year while Spring brings the Egg, Milk and Flower Moons, for example.
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Guest post – Mary & Julie's recipe for a great Nativity
The School Nativity Play – such a memorable tradition! We have worked together for years as both teachers and writers and sometimes it feels as though Christmas extends from spring until autumn as we beaver away at creating a new nativity musical. Superstar is our latest addition to the Out of the Ark catalogue and we devised this plot to help children to understand that everyone has a chance to shine.
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